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    HR Director for EMEA & Asia Pacific Regions - Johnson & Johnson

    Rui is HR Director and teacher of HRM and has worked in USA, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was also HR Director at Novartis, HR Senior consultant at SAP and HR consultant at CEGOC-TEA.

    Rui studied work sociology and is a PhD student in Organizational Behavior by ISCSP/UL, an Executive MBA and Master in HR Management by INDEG-ISCTE, and an Advanced Management Program by Católica University/ Kellogg School of Management (Chicago, EUA).

    Johnson & Johnson has several awards and has been considered one of the world's most admired companies by Fortune (2015).

    It has also a Work-Life Seal of Distinction by the WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress, which recognizes top organizations that exemplify leadership in work-life effectiveness. (2012)

    Training Manager - McDonald’s Portugal

    After studying at ISCTE, in 1994 Paulo Duarte started his career as an Assistant Manager at a local McDonald’s and ranked to the top in less than 2 years when became the McDonald’s Restaurant Manager in Barreiro.


    In 1998, was invited to be part of the Training Department at McDonald’s Head Office and in 2000 became Training Manager. Since then, he developed several projects and training courses addressing Portugal needs.


    In 2016, he became the first Portuguese Teacher at Hamburger University in London. Paulo worked also closely with IEFP on subjects related with Training Management.


    McDonald’s has ranked eighth on a list of the 25 Best Multinational Companies to Work For in the World.

    Co-founder & COO - Uniplaces

    Miguel is one of the 3 founders of Uniplaces and currently responsible for Empowering People, Culture, Product and External Relations.

    Graduated in the UK and passionate about the startup world, he came back to Portugal where founded Uniplaces in 2012.
    As a Global Shaper at World Economic Forum, Miguel was a founding member of the Lisbon hub and is currently part of the core executive team.

    Uniplaces has experienced large growth since it’s inception which has led them to having one of the largest funding rounds in Europe in 2016 (22M€). With its headquarters in Lisbon, one of the coolest offices in the world, Uniplaces has been considered as the best place to have an internship in Portugal.

    Head of People & Culture - Uniplaces

    Francisca has 8+ years working in a variety of HR roles, having spent most of her career outside of Portugal.

    She graduated in Political Science from Universidade Nova. While in London she worked mainly in the investment banking sector, at places like Deutsche Bank and Investec, and completed a PGDiploma in HR Management from Westminster University.

    Francisca later moved to Sao Paulo to take up a role as HR Manager for Brasil at Groupon, coming back to Lisbon in 2014, to work for the British Foreign Office in setting up an HR Hub for Europe and Central Asia.

    She has recently joined Uniplaces as Head of People & Culture.

    Finance Director - Microsoft Portugal

    Sofia has 15+ years of International experience in Technology industries across several Commercial and Finance functions.

    She has worked extensively in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.


    During her career, she has supported large multi-national companies achieving their business ambitions and potential.

    She returned to Portugal to join Microsoft in 2014, and is proud to be part of a company operating at the core of the digital transformation, and focused on empowering people and organizations to achieve more.

    Microsoft was ranked number 1 in the list of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute in 2011.

    Trainer in Mindfulness

    Gonçalo Pereira has trained in mindfulness and other awareness based related methods for over twenty-five years.

    His training was done mostly in the UK, namely in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, at Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.

    For the past 17 years, he has taught Mindfulness both at his centre in Lisbon and for the corporate sector at companies such as Nova Base, Roche, Sonae, BCG, PHC, Creat IT and many others.

    Literally, thousands of people have benefited from his mind training methods. He is currently developing a mindfulness program for schools in Portugal.

    Trainer in Leadership and Organizational Change

    Oliver is a coach and trainer for companies in the areas of technology, banking, insurance, pharmaceutical, etc.

    Since 2005, Oliver is lecturer at the University ISCTE/INDEG in Lisbon for the MBA and Executive MBA Programs.

    He has written 4 books about motivation, emotional intelligence, careers and innovation.

    For the last 14 years he has been living and working in Portugal, US, Spain, France and Germany.

    CEO & Founder - Happy Ltd. (UK)

    Henry is an inspirational speaker dedicated to creating new ways to learn and truly great workplaces.

    His book, The Happy Manifesto, was published in January 2013 and has been shortlisted for the CMI business book of the year.

    In 2011 he was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers50 list of the top 50 business thinkers world-wide. "Henry is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business", explains Stuart Crainer, compiler of the Thinkers 50 list of business gurus.

    Happy Ltd. has been rated in the top 20 workplaces in the UK for five successive years (Financial Times / Great Place to Work Institute)

    Chief Happiness Officer & Founder - Woohoo inc (Denmark)

    Alexander is one of the world’s leading experts on happiness at work.

    He is a speaker, consultant and author, presenting and conducting workshops on happiness at work at businesses and conferences all over the world.

    His clients include companies like Hilton, Microsoft, LEGO, IKEA, Shell, HP and IBM.

    Alex is the author of 3 books including the international bestseller Happy Hour is 9 to 5 – How to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work.