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Climate-KIC Hub Portugal



Júlia Seixas is a Professor at FCT NOVA (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa). For more than 25 years, she has been teaching in the Environmental Engineering graduate course in the fields of Geographic information technologies, including remote sensing, and of Energy and Climate. She is with the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, coordinating the group on energy and climate. Her research interests include methods and tools for prospects on future scenarios with no emissions, focusing on energy technologies, policies and instruments, and adaptation and resilience of energy systems.

She has more than 60 peer review publications and is frequently invited to develop studies to support public policies. She is a member of the scientific committee of the PhD Program on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. In March 2017, she was appointed as the head of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at FCT NOVA. She is the coordinator of the Climate-KIC Hub Portugal since July 2016.
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Diana Rodrigues is the EIT RIS Network Developer at FCT NOVA (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa). She graduated in 2009 from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) with a Master degree in Chemical Engineering and in 2015 from INDEG-IUL (ISCTE Executive Education) with an Executive Master in Business Management (major in Finance). Her working experience, mainly in an international setting (Austria, Germany and the UK), has been in diverse areas such as R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing Operations and Management Consulting.

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Gonçalo Amorim is the Executive Director of BGI, a founder in 2013. Started off his career in England back in 1997 designing scientific experiments at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire (UK), joining in 2000 Hewlett Packard Semiconductor division (UK), where he filed a dozen of international patents (US, Europe & Japan). He took his studies in the UK, a BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering by University of Brighton (2000), and MSc in Engineering Management by University of Bristol (2005). He is the Director of the MIT Portugal Program – Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, since 2009.

Several universities have invited Gonçalo Amorim to lecture business and technology transfer courses. He is an advisor & board member in several emerging technology-intense start-ups, having mentored over 200 tech-based founders, entrepreneurial teams and technology start-ups & spinoffs. Over the years, he gained significant managerial experience in some of the most dynamic and successful Portuguese multinationals listed in the Portuguese Stock exchange, PSI20. An expert in IP matters, having filed a dozen of international patents (US, Europe & Japan) at the Hewlett Packard Semiconductor division (UK).

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Sofia Fernandes is a marketer, graduated from ISCTE-IUL with a Management Bachelor degree and a Master in Management with Major in Marketing from NOVA SBE (#17 Financial Times Ranking). She had some experiences in consulting, namely with Unilever, Impresa, Stockholm University administration office and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. Furthermore, she worked at L’Oréal Luxe as Product Manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Portugal. Currently she is the Head of Marketing and Communication Department at BGI, designing the strategy for a successful BGI acceleration program and reputation.

She is responsible and coordinating the team that is operationalising each initiative. Furthermore, Sofia has been since 2015 Nova SBE Professor Assistant of masters students in the following academic classes: Advanced Marketing, Marketing Management, Research Methods for Business, Consumer Behaviour, and Excel Expert.

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Andreia Pinho

Andreia Pinho is a Communication Manager at BGI, with background in Social and Cultural Communication (bachelor) and Communication, Marketing and Advertising (master) from Católica University. Previously, Andreia was an intern at Novo Banco and Turisprime. At the moment, she is studying the communication of our 94 active alumni and operationalising a strategy to improve their performance both online and offline, as well as developing initiatives that can develop BGI’s brand awareness and brand image.

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João Martins

João Francisco Alves Martins was born in Lisbon in 1967. He graduated in 1990 from Electrotechnical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) where he also got his Master and Phd degrees in 1996 and 2003, respectively. João Martins started his career at ÓTICA – Estudo e Projeto de Edifícios Inteligentes Lda (Study and Project of Smart Buildings), having participated in several high profile smart buildings’ projects. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrotechnical Engineering of FCT NOVA (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and a senior researcher of CTS (Centre of Technology and Systems) at UNINOVA.

In addition to this, João Martins has contributed not only as a researcher but also as a coordinator to many national and international projects in the topics of Energy Efficiency and Smart Electric Grids. Since 2015, he is the coordinator of the international network COST Action TD1406 – Innovation in Intelligent Management of Heritage Buildings (i2MHB). He has published over 40 articles and his research interests lie in the topics of Renewable Energies, Energy Quality, Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Smart Electric Grids. João Martins is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and in from 2013 until 2015 he served as the responsible of the technical commission of Education in Engineering and Industrial Technologies od IEEE. He is also a permanent member of the Portuguese regulatory body for engineers and a founding member of the Portuguese Society for the Education in Engineering.
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Anabela Pronto

Anabela Pronto graduated in 1992 from Physics Engineering and Materials (Materials) at FCT NOVA (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa). In 1996, she began her career in the Electronic Engineering Department of FCT, as an assistant intern, in the area of ​​energy and electrical machines. In 2010, she received her PhD in energy related topics. In parallel with teaching and research, between 1994 and 2003 and associated to the Department of Materials Science of FCT NOVA, she also participated in several European projects in ​​production and conversion of photovoltaic solar energy and its social and environmental impacts.

Many of these projects took place in countries of the Sahelian region. Anabela’s research interests and activities lie mainly in the areas of material technology used for energy applications and storage. Energy markets have been recently the focus of research in more recent years, having several of her Master students worked in this topic. Since 2010, she is an Assistant Professor in the Electronic Engineering Department of FCT NOVA and has published articles in international revised journals. Currently, Anabela Pronto is collaborating in two European H2020 projects around ​​energy efficiency (NobelGrid and Storage4Grid).  In addition to this, she is an integrated member of the Technology and Systems Center of UNINOVA. Since 2014, she has collaborated with the European Commission as an evaluator and as vice-president in the process of evaluating European projects.
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Alexandra Ribeiro

Alexandra Ribeiro is Associate Professor at FCT NOVA (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa). She has a background in environmental engineering and has a strong experience in developing interdisciplinary work and coordinating multidisciplinary research teams. In addition to this, she coordinates CENSE (Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research).


Nazaré Couto

Nazaré Couto is a research scientist working at FCT NOVA (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa). She was one of the J6 Lisbon Managers and strongly believes that the Journey is “a unique experience that provides effective tools for those who want to make the difference in climate action”. Her commitment with Science includes a clear focus in developing talent, building bridges between academy-industry-society, entrepreneurship and societal engagement.