ANA VELOSO
Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from University of Minho (Portugal) and a Master degree from the University of Porto. She also has an MBA from University of Porto Business School and a degree in Psychology from University of Coimbra. She worked in Human Resource Department of Correios de Portugal (National Mail Organization) and at several private and public organizations as a consultant on Human Resource Management: SONAE, Mota-Engil, ARS-Norte, AEP, EDP and Union Labor of Public Administration (North Region). As a consultant on Trainning, she had performed different roles: manager; trainer on several domains such as organizational behavior (leadership, communication, team work); and HR management practices (performance evaluation, job descriptions, etc.). She also had performed processes of performance evaluation, organizational training needs assessment and training evaluation. in several organizations.
She is nowadays an assistant professor at the School of Psychology, University of Minho.

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BEATRIZ CASAIS
PhD in Business and Management Studies - specialization in Marketing and Strategy, MSc in Marketing, BA in Journalism and Communication Sciences and postgraduate in Communication in Health. She is a Professor of Marketing and Communication at the School of Economics and Management of the University of Minho. She was marketing and communication manager at the Ministry of Health and Journalist.

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CARLOS MENDES
Has worked on HR Depts. in a few major companies in the country and then moved to challenge knowledge transference from Universities to the community.
As a co-founder of Os tais (do vídeo), a lovely video company, Alexandre started to be part of the entrepreneurship community in Portugal either sharing knowledge, advisory and experiences in Universities, but also working with the most influential agents in the country like Passaporte do Empreendedorismo (IAPMEI), TecMinho, Startup Pirates, BetaStart, Liftoff, Startup Weekend, Startup Braga, etc.
More recently was a co-author of A Alma do Negócio, a road book for entrepreneurs where he shared the experience of hosting and caring entrepreneurs at Factory Cowork and Business Center and at Startup Braga.
Lately he’s consulting startups becoming grown up companies mostly tuning the employee experience and organizational design, leadership and team matters. Right now you can find him cross-pollinating big corporations with startup tools and culture ingredients fostering innovative ecosystems in big corporations.

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ELISABETE SÁ
Is Assistant Professor at the department of Management of the School of Economics and Management at the University of Minho since 2002. She is PhD in Marketing and Strategy and holds a master degree in Management. Elisabete Sá also develops various activities in the business world. Presently she is scientific mentor of academic spin offs, nascent ventures within University of Minho. She is also involved in marketing and management consultancy activities, particularly targeting technology-based new ventures. Elisabete Sá is also involved in consultancy projects for bigger organizations, such as IB-S (Instituto de Ciência e Inovação para a Bio-Sustentabilidade); P-Bio (Associação Portuguesa de Bioindústrias) and EDP.

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GILBERTO LOUREIRO
Is Assistant Professor of the Department of Management, School of Economics and Management, University of Minho. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Faculdade de Economia do Porto, a master in Management - with specialization in Finance - from University of Minho, and a PhD degree in Business Administration – Finance from the Ohio State University. He teaches several courses in the field of Corporate Finance, including firm valuation and mergers and acquisitions. “Corporate Finance”, “Corporate Governance” and “Mergers & Acquisitions” are his main research areas of interest. His research has been published in international journals, such as Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Accounting Research.

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LUÍS MACHADO
Has a Degree in Social, Community, and Organizational Psychology, and a Master Degree in Work Psychology and Human Resources, both by University of Minho. Collaborates with several leading companies in the training and consulting industry, both as consultant and trainer, in the field of organizational behavior and HRM. Also cooperates with the Organizational Psychology Unit of the University of Minho, doing consultancy work, training, and psychological profiles for purposes of human resources selection. He is currently the coordinator of the mental health area in Braga Solidarity Center.

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LUÍS RODRIGUES
Currently is the Commercial Director of Cerealis Moagens S.A., and previously had the same position in Lameirinho – Indústria Têxtil SA. His professional experience includes the banking sector where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, the real estate sector, and for his own business project.Graduated in economics, he has an Executive MBA, with specialization in finance, and several specializations and executive training in the field of management.
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