Faculty & Research


by Pedro Miguel Martins.

It´s a small team but they are responsible for managing the CEMS MIM Program at Nova SBE. Founded in 1988, CEMS is dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of global business leaders to enter into the multilingual, multicultural and interconnected business world through the CEMS Masters in International Management.

Nova SBE is the exclusive Portuguese member school within the alliance, which currently totals 30 academic members, over 70 corporate partners and 5 social partners (NGOs).


Milton de Sousa

Nova SBE Persona: The Socially Conscious

Superhero Persona: The Squasher

Milton could also be called an idealist. He is someone that sees his own values being reflected in the CEMS MIM program: social responsibility, responsible leadership and social relevance. Part of the team for the past 2 years, he is responsible for the Academic Direction of the program, which forces him to be continuously devoted to improving it. His team is quick to point out that he is an excellent person, dedicated to providing the best to the students. Unfortunately this doesn’t leave him with too much free time, but the little that he has, he likes to spend it with his family, or playing Squash.

Carolina Sales

Nova SBE Persona: The Perfectionist

Superhero Persona: The Vampire Slayer

Carolina takes the crown of Miss Perfection. She came to Nova SBE 7 years ago and her career started at the Recruitment Department; afterwards she was the Masters’ Program Manager, and finally she has been at CEMS MIM for the past 2 years. Daily, Carolina puts on her operational hat and is responsible for the entire organization of the program. However we saved the best for last. Carolina’s main hobby includes watching shows and later writing reviews online. Impressively she has written over 500 articles! She considers Buffy The Vampire Slayer to be most unique show. However, everyone knows that Buffy has nothing on Carolina’s uniqueness.

Vera Fernandes

Nova SBE Persona: The Baby-Sitter

Superhero Persona: The Photographer

Vera’s spectacular entrance, 3 years ago, landed her straight away at the CEMS MIM department. She kindly considers herself to be the student’s baby-sitter when they need to – and oh, do they need to. But jokes aside, Vera works alongside Carolina in managing the programs in alliance with other 30 schools. Her main hobbies include listening to music and bike riding; but mostly spending time with her daughter, Sofia. Vera is an avid photographer and her muse is none other than Sofia.


by Pedro Miguel Martins.

The Bachelors’ Office is the faculty service that guarantees support to all Bachelors’ students. Every day they are contacted by students in person, by telephone and by email, giving an excellent customer service. Today they are a team of 7 people who not only prevent and solve administrative problems, but also create innovative projects that involve various faculty offices to ensure that we have the best degrees in the country.

Bachelors’ Office

Sandra Peralta

Nova SBE Persona: The Caring

Superhero Persona: The Sea-lover

Sandra says that Nova SBE is her home away from home, and she can’t wait for her home to be by the sea, in Carcavelos. She believes the move will allow Nova SBE to grow and, ultimately, that will be gratifying for both staff and students. A fun person by all who work with her, Sandra cares a lot about her colleagues and is always ready to give a helping hand. Sandra has been at Nova SBE for over half of her life. 26 years enjoyed through the Library first, then Careers, and finally she has been the Coordinator at the Bachelors’ Office since 2015. In her free time, Sandra enjoys going to the movies and loves going to the beach, reading and being with her two sons.

Alexis Marote

Nova SBE Persona: The Self-Made-Intern

Superhero Persona: The Eater

Alexis first started at Nova SBE in the Bachelors’ Office as an intern in 2015, and afterwards he was so well-liked that he was invited to stay permanently. He is in control of certificates and students’ processes, and he also deals with students in person. He works across the entire office. Unfortunately everyone hates Alexis… because he is always eating but still has an amazing figure! Alexis is very excited about moving to the new campus in Carcavelos, and even though he lives in Montijo, and is still a year away from moving, he has already worked out how to get to work. His main hobby is going to the movies; he loves Dramas, Action/Adventure and, more recently, Musicals. But Alexis always leaves time to hang out with his girlfriend, friends and family.

Ana David

Nova SBE Persona: The Helper

Superhero Persona: The Concert-goer

Ana has been at Nova SBE and at the Bachelors’ Office since 2011. She is a point of contact with students and helps them with their documentation. Students add a young and fun vibe to her day, and that’s her favorite aspect of working at this office. Non-surprisingly, her colleagues describe Ana as being sweet, a good friend, and an excellent colleague and professional. When she is not helping students, Ana likes to go for walks, go to the movies and listen to music. She is a frequent goer of concerts, and Aerosmith was the last show she saw, and loved.

Célia Gonçalves

Nova SBE Persona: The Five-Stars

Superhero Persona: The Adventurous

Célia is practically part of the furnisher, as she says, but in her 9 years at Nova SBE she was at the Masters’ Office for a year and later came to the Bachelors’ Office. Célia deals with exceptional and complicated situations, relating to students’ progress, as well as with students with special needs and student-athletes. Her calmness and attentiveness makes her liked by all her colleagues, who describe her as being a five star person, and makes her a great professional and source of help to students. In her free time, Célia likes to combine her three favorite activities in outdoor spaces: reading, going for walks and listening to music. She loves to read in the park in front of her house and her favorite types of books are Adventures and Historical Romances.

Joana Santos

Nova SBE Persona: The Nicest

Superhero Persona: The New-Mum

Joana joined Nova SBE in 2015 and before being at the Bachelors’ Office, she was on the Masters’ Program. Currently she assists general students, as well as exchange students with their queries. Her helpful nature is recognized by her colleagues that describe Joana as being extremely nice to students, and she is very dear to all. Joana recently became the mum to an 11 month-old boy called Sebastião that is already trying to walk. In the little free time she has as a new-mum, Joana enjoys playing sports, listening to music and travelling with her family.

Paula Caria

Nova SBE Persona: The Newbie

Superhero Persona: The Dancer

Paula’s first work anniversary at Nova SBE is only days away. She started straight away at the Bachelors’ Office dealing with students both in person and on the phone. Good thing she loves working with young people and that her colleagues describe her as being both calm and an exceptional person. With the campus moving to Carcavelos, Paula will be further away from home, but she is excited and for her it will be a dream come true. In her free time she is an avid athlete, likes to enjoy nature and her family, and loves to dance.

Rodrigo Rivera

Nova SBE Persona: The Advisor

Superhero Persona: The Master-In-The-Making

Rodrigo joined the Bachelors’ Office in 2016 as the Program Manager, which he believes is a very heterogeneous position. Rodrigo mainly follows up on students that might be struggling with their grades and looks after international students. Additionally, he is responsible for communicating with all students. Commendably, in order to be aware of what’s happening with the students, Rodrigo is part of the students’ Facebook groups. He is a safe point of contact and students rely on Rodrigo to help them with anything from finding their glasses – this is how available he always is for everyone! - to deciding if they should change courses or not. Rodrigo is passionate about Communication, and in his free time is doing a Masters in Political Communication, which he hopes will enable him to work more in this area.

Facilities & Services

by Pedro Miguel Martins.

Facilities & Services aren’t a big team but they have a big purpose: to solve almost all the other team’s problems. Facilities & Services is a support department that, among other responsibilities, promotes the coordination of maintenance, construction, security, catering, supply, stocks and travels.

Facilities & Services

Rogério Marchante

Nova SBE Persona: The Peaceful
Superhero Persona: The Traveller

Rogério has been with the Facilities & Services Office for the past year and already he has gained the reputation of being always calm and a true problem solver. His job consists of managing the building, managing maintenance, and creating spaces for students. He is ready to embrace the challenge of a bigger campus in Carcavelos, one that he gets to set up from the ground up. When he is not working, Rogério travels and takes photos of his two favorite models: His 5 year old daughter Maria, and his 1 month old son Rodrigo.

Alice Martins

Nova SBE Persona: The Travel Agent
Superhero Persona: The Photography Student

Alice joined Nova SBE 2 years ago as part of the Research Office. In December of last year she moved to the Facilities & Services Office, where she has been ever since. Alice is responsible for the travel plan logistics’ of both staff and faculty. Her colleagues describe her as being cool and having a positive vibe, so it’s no surprise that her favorite aspect of working at Nova SBE is the young, student environment. Alice is a student in her own right as well. She studies photography, so of course she loves to take photos, but she also loves to draw. Incredibly she still manages to find the time to do yoga 3 times a week.

Filipe Joaquim

Nova SBE Persona: The Fireman
Superhero Persona: The Relaxed

Filipe’s story is an unusual one. He started off at Nova SBE, 10 years ago, as a Security Guard. 6 years later he was asked to join the Facilities & Services Office where he has been happy ever since. His colleagues describe him as being always available. That might be the reason why he is “always busy putting out fires” – as he says. What he likes most about coming to work is the young and vibrant environment throughout the school, with both students and staff. Filipe is happy to be moving to Carcavelos, but admits he is sad to leave his home of 10 years. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym, relaxing at home and with friends, and going to the movies.

Frederico Oliveira

Nova SBE Persona: The Handy Man
Superhero Persona: The Sunbather

Speak to Frederico for a minute and he’ll tell you how proud he is that he does most hands-on jobs on campus: he is a carpenter, a plumber, an electrician, a mason… the list goes on! Frederico talks about his colleagues, the same way they talk about him: cool, helpful and attentive. He believes that moving to Carcavelos will make everyone happier, not just because the campus is nicer but also because anyone can just walk up to the beach. It’s not hard to guess that one of his favorite activities is going to the beach, as well as playing football and tennis.

Mr. Jacinto Santos

Nova SBE Persona: The Helper
Superhero Persona: The Football Fan

Jacinto has been at Nova SBE for nearly 3 decades. At his age he admits that he could have retired already, but he is in love with his hectic daily life of going to the post office, to the bank, making payments, shopping for supplies, hand-delivering mail, controlling the internal supply stock, amongst other tasks. Helping out is in his DNA and a constant in his life. Even in his free time, Jacinto loves to help out his wife around the house. But of course he also likes to go for walks and watch football.

Marta Sousa

Nova SBE Persona: The Fixer
Superhero Persona: The Lethal

In 2009 Marta came to the Executive Education Office, where she stayed until 2015 when she became the Facilities & Services Office Manager. Her colleagues describe her as being a humble person that loves to help out other people. What she loves most about working at Nova SBE is the multicultural environment and the fact that students change their life here. Don’t mess with Marta though! She does Krav Maga classes 3 times a week. Krav Maga is a military self-defense system developed for the Israel Defense Forces.

Nelson Teixeira

Nova SBE Persona: The Determined
Superhero Persona: The Family Man

Nelson started his career at Nova SBE in the Facilities & Services Office 2 years ago. His work varies from day to day which enables him to do a bit of everything. And just like the rest of the team, Nelson is also very eager to move to Carcavelos. His colleagues say that he is very hard-working, trustworthy, and determined. In his free time Nelson is a dedicated family man, and whenever he can he likes to play sports.

Communication Office

by Pedro Miguel Martins.

To get this “communication undertaking” underway… let’s start with none other than the Communication Team… the bunch who hatched this communication egg…

This team is a small group that manages the Herculean Effort to spread the word about everything that goes on here at Nova SBE. The team has so much work that it needs to be handled almost exclusively by women – multi-taskers par excellence, as is universally known – otherwise there’s no hope of ever making up for the fact there are simply not enough hours in the day.

Perhaps paradoxically, it is at the same time the biggest team at the school, because one way or another, everybody contributes and, as you know, even multi-tasking at the individual level has its limits!

The non-stop coming and going of people and swinging to and fro of the office door is actually a blessing on hot days – better than an electric fan, in fact, as it keeps the air in circulation along with the visitors. So, is it possible that you have not made your own visit to the office, and stirred things up in there yourself? Maybe you don’t yet know the people in there?

Communication Office

Marta Assunção

A multi-tasker by definition. She’s a newcomer to Communication, but not to the school, where she actually began as… a student. She took up the gauntlet and knows how to convince a dog to meow when needed. Perhaps this is an exaggeration, but stay tuned… She has most everything in abundance: brothers and sisters, cousins, in-laws – but children… just one. So far. She’s young. She lived for some time in Africa and loves snow. You figure that out. You would never guess it to look at her, but she loves to eat.

Patrícia Poças

Another multi-tasker. She likes to pretend that she’s got a cranky personality, but nobody is fooled. She’s at her best out in the turmoil of the school’s hallways – amidst the maelstrom of youth between classes. She wants no part of labels or conventional ways… but is nevertheless a cornerstone of the team. Outside the walls of the school she recharges her batteries in a calmer environment… when she can, considering the seven children in her home. She is indeed a woman of contrasts.

Filipa Garganta

Yet another multi-tasker, naturally. Internet, content, clubs, events… she routinely works individually… but in a highly connected way. She deals with people as if they were long-time friends or kin, and it comes right back to her from them. Wherever there’s a student event, she’s there too… phone-cam in hand… saving the moment, to share. In the little amount of free time she takes, yoga is right up there on her list. Someday, when she puts away a bit of her timid ways, expect to find her, and her camera, right up there “in your face”.

Rita Correia de Oliveira

The newest member of the group, she’s very much into the hustle and bustle and generally high-octane life in the Communication Office. Writing, writing, writing. She writes a lot. And creatively. There’s a lot that needs writing about the school. She misses those not-so-long-ago days of being a student. Cheerful and funny are the adjectives that describe her, both in the office and out. She is one of those “rocks” of good will in a sea of unrest.

Pedro Miguel Martins

Lucky guy. The only man, surrounded by women. But he’s a special guy because as it happens, he too is… a multi-tasker (and as we all know… this is not the long suit of that particular gender). He makes a webpage here, composes an image there, adjusts an html from over there. He’s the artist of the team, but also so much more. There is an aura about Pedro… a “Zen” that brings a steady hand of stability to the office in those more hectic moments – you know, the ones that come everyday. He’s a family man who follows a peaceful path. Another “rock” to cling to in the swirling tempest.

Executive Education

by Pedro Miguel Martins.

Executive Education – one of the biggest and best teams, in both numbers and good will. They just love natural light – and got out yesterday, to Carcavelos.

Executive programs here at Nova SBE covers a great deal of ground: programs that are both short and long; have open enrollment; are custom-designed; and post-graduate.

It offers experiences that are special, enriching, action-packed, and – just like the team itself – full of fun in a laid-back way, all of which makes learning so much more effective.

Let’s get to know Nova SBE’s Executive Education team better.

Executive Education

Luís Rodrigues

He claims to have a grouchy streak that’s no good for a politician and that he can’t stand incompetence or people who are always agreeing with him. That’s how our conversation began. OK… not a bad way to get things started. Jumping in with both feet… He’s been at Nova SBE for two years and thinks that the biggest challenge facing the school is professionalization – separating management from the academic dimension. The goal is clear: knowing exactly where we want to go. He’s a Benfica fan by reason of geography… and his second job is chauffer to his kids. He says that when he’s not working, he does nothing, or as little as possible. He likes to read, listen to music, hang around with friends and his children, take walks, travel, pretend to do exercise, and eat. The team always knows his whereabouts because of the unmistakable jingling of his key ring. He can’t sneak up on anyone.

José Crespo de Carvalho

He has been here at Nova SBE for five years, and what he likes best is the internal entrepreneurship and freedom that people have that lets them be creative. As it is in his professional life, his private life is full of many things all happening at the same time, and this is fine with him. However, some day we will all be dead, he says, and so we should make time for calm and peaceful moments. He considers himself a multitasker, despite the difficulties inherent in this group. So it seems he relishes in insurmountable challenges. One of his hobbies is hitting the open road on his motorcycle – a Honda Silver Wind 400 – either solo or in a pack of other “bikers”. He likes to visualize himself as a farmer living in the Alto Alentejo, in Castelo de Vide. Biker farmer. Some of the things that make him laugh the hardest are his students, and he admits that he loves giving classes. He is creative and is a very “approachable” fellow, with his feet planted firmly on the ground (recall the farmer wish). He is also practical and uncomplicated when it comes to problem solving.

Bruno Magalhães

He came aboard Nova SBE in 2014, and is a controller. He loves controlling, and even though it’s something he prepared for, working with the team has taught him a lot more – above and beyond his natural talent. He says that the fact that Nova SBE is an SME with the complexity of a holding company, and aside from a few moments of stress… these little wrinkles are offset by the joy of working with whom he does, and by rising to the challenge of “the Nova project” – including the move to the new campus. He lives out on the “linha” and so the move to Carcavelos will go into the “plus column” regarding quality of life. He used to be a surfer, and is not thinking seriously about all of that again, considering Nova’s SBE move to the beach.

Cátia Cândido

She got here only a month ago, but has already figured out that every time somebody has a birthday there’s cake – something that she approves of that was not in the job description. Goes into the plus column. It’s the environment and team itself that stand out for her at Nova SBE. In compensation, the team agrees that she is fun and charming… even when speaking about banal matters. After hours she likes to head up into the Serra de Sintra and get lost, without even having any particular destination… the journey itself is the adventure, not arriving at anywhere special. Other past-times include travels… Prague, Rome, and Florence being the most romantic places so far. She has her own business, which she manages along with her mother: a funeral parlor. Her mother – the specialist – challenged her to do it and they recently opened the “Jasmin Real”. So if you need it, now you know.

Cátia Rafael

She came to Nova SBE in 2014, but says that it feels like she’s been here much longer because “everything here is very intense.” What she likes most in the operations department, where she works, is being in constant contact with the course participants, getting to know people, and hearing their many stories. If she could change anything it would be to go to Carcavelos immediately. For Cátia, the new campus is simultaneously a great challenge and a great bet. Travelling and spending time with her three-year old son, Miguel, are two things she adores. She says that her last trip was to Thailand, where she spent 10 wonderful days in the midst of fantastic landscapes and paradise beaches. If she could, she would also love to go back to Amsterdam and New York, to do some more shopping. Aside from the trips and her son, she loves dancing, because “dancing sets you free, and takes all the pressure off.” Cátia is a trained masseuse, and whenever possible loves to give a good massage. So, if you’re feeling stressed and are looking for a bit of decompression… go see Cátia.

Carla Matias

She’s a glutton, but unlike what you might expect, she is unbelievably svelte. She appeared at Nova SBE a month ago, choosing Nova SBE exactly because the Nova SBE project is so “out of the box” and therefore interesting. For Carla the ambiance is very youthful: “it’s like we’re not even in a place of work.” Another advantage is the informality, which keeps everything so laid back. Naturally, she likes being with her family and friends. Her altruistic side is visible through her work with a charity organization, where she does a bit of everything. Most important, she says, are the little things – simple for most people, but which have an enormous impact on the lives of some folks. She also volunteers in a hospital and every time she goes there she comes home with a full heart. Carla would love to do some adventurous volunteer work in a foreign land, and when her children are grown up she intends to check it out and follow that dream.

Daniel Ramos

The team says that he is so transparent that when he’s in a bad mood you can see it in his face and he announces “I’m not having a good day!” Honesty above all else. He has been with us since 2016. He’s a financial controller and loves what he does – especially the analytical part and “the numbers”. The thing he likes best about Nova SBE is the environment and spirit of action that abounds in the hallways. “We see people who are eager to help us lighten the workload.” He goes to the gym five times per week, and it shows. He would like to spend just as much time at the movies, but the quality of cinematography doesn’t justify it. So… it’s back to the gym.

Dulce Caldeira

Her connection to the Universidade Nova goes back 30 years. She started in the office of the Secretary, answering the phones, typing, and filing. Today she has moved on to computers, handling student files, keeping order in the classrooms, and making sure that coffee breaks run as they should. Everybody knows Dulce. The thing she likes best in her work is the interaction both with students and professors. She is indeed a woman of interaction. A person who demands few luxuries, there are nevertheless some that she will not pass up. Whenever possible, she has breakfast in Versailles, where all of the employees know her well.

João Correia

Cool, calm, and collected… never gets riled… that’s João. He’s been at Nova since 2013, and at the moment has his hands on a project that links Nova SBE and Angola, and this keeps him on the road to Africa every month. He doesn’t have a lot of time for anything outside of Nova SBE, but he tells us that he has a Youtube channel along with his four-year old daughter Margarida, that already has 241 subscribers. He expects even greater success with his one-year old son, Guilherme, as soon as he’s old enough to be part of the cast. He also has a megaproject: to construct the family tree (the genealogical sort), which he has already discovered all the way back to the year 1780. João would like to have more time for reading and for tending his bees in Castelo Branco.

Katarzyna Fonseca

Katarzyna is the Polish version of our Catarina, but no one knows her by Catarina. In Portugal for a decade, she has been at Nova SBE since last year. She came to us to manage a team that has to sell, sell, sell… and sell. She came to Portugal to get her Masters degree at Nova SBE, and could never tear herself away. For Katarzyna Nova SBE is her second family – the first, of course, is her husband and daughter. She wanted to be an archeologist when she grew up, but no more. She decided that would instead be the leader of a team in which her skills would be recognized. We’re pretty sure that that is what has happened.

Mariana Coimbra

After defending her Masters thesis at Nova SBE a year ago she was invited to stay on. She has youthful features, which is not so unusual for a 23-year old… she is young… and thinks that sometimes people don’t take her seriously. Also normal, because… 23 years old. She manages the social media and website. Loves to write. She has enjoyed free passes to concerts to write about music, but these days there’s no time for such adventures, but in the best of all worlds she would be a reporter for National Geographic or Lonely Planet. When she was a child she wanted to be a hairdresser or a maid. Well, she missed her chance. Less competition for you, Lúcia Piloto. She spends her free time strolling about with her boyfriend and dog, Phoebe, and also planning her next trip: this summer to the Dominican Republic, and to Australia and New Zealand at the end of the year. The team is unanimous that she is selectively deaf, in a chronic way. She just never hears the phone ringing.

Patrícia Bruno

Patricia’s always smiling ‘cause she’s got no problems… just solutions. That’s how she faces the day here at Nova SBE, where she has been an accountant since 2012. She loves to say that it’s a job that demands cunning because every day is different, dazzling, and brings something unexpected. Whoever would have thought that the world of accounting could be such a rush? Something that only a few have discovered… For Patricia, the thing that Nova SBE should improve on is improving the personal environment. Support for the team – she says – and the help that everybody gives to each other are what make things flow. To relax she goes diving in Sesimbra. Being “down there” is spectacular because she can disconnect from everything “up here”, and just think about nothing else. She’s hoping to take a more advanced diving course in order to go even deeper… and further.

Patrícia Silveira

She arrived here at Nova SBE last year and is in charge of private-entity accounts. She’s a force of Nature – she came, she saw, she conquered: grabbed the bull by the horns like nobody else, and loves how it has all turned out. Whenever there’s a problem her response is simple… “I’ve got this.” She would like to retire at the age of 50 in order to travel (her last trip was to São Tomé e Principe). Certain things are “must do”: she’s been practicing Reiki and Shiatsu for ten years. She likes going to the movies and gym, but not at the same time. Not living exactly next door, she says that she’s going to love the move to Carcavelos. She’s already used to commuting 70 kilometers every day to get here to Campolide.

Rita Afonso

The first time she bought a pair of “work shoes” was when she moved into the Executive Education team, in 2003, as a client manager. Following a sojourn with Nova’s Communication Office, she came back to client management with Executive Education. She spends her days selling and selling and selling. She doesn’t have those first work shoes anymore, but still refuses to wear high-heels. Rita says that working at Nova SBE is a fountain of youth. She loves being part of the overall Nova project, and never had any doubt that we would arrive to where we are now, and go even further: Carcavelos. Off campus she spends her time with family and friends. If she had a different job it would be journalist, but she would report only good news. She hopes that Nova SBE will reach an equilibrium point between stability and change – and that everyone will have more time to pause, ponder, and talk about things.

Susana Atalaya

Susana is fluent in German. That’s because she is German… and went to school in Germany. And despite all of this, she confesses, German is not easy. She has been in the team for two years and what she likes best is networking with the clients and the fact that she also gets to take part in the training. She did the “pós-graduação” in Mangement, which helps her immensely to sell it to others, as she knows it inside-out, and recognizes its value and utility. A satisfied customer, absolutely. She counsels people about the training program that would best suit them and their needs and abilities, and manages the career expectations of the participants. She loves being with her family and friends, and listening to music. Whenever she can get away to concerts, she’s there – and coming soon: Aerosmith! She transmits her love of music to her young ones (three of them), and the younger one, who is six, has already given up children’s songs and sings only those that his brothers and mother listen to.

Susana Santos

Nobody who works with Susana has any doubt about what’s in her mind. She is totally straightforward. She is also almost “a mother hen to everybody in the team. For Easter she made a special chocolate for everyone, and is very watchful of the wellbeing of all.” She came to Nova SBE only last year, and for her the challenge is to be “spectacular.” She likes the workplace environment, diversity, and leading different people every day. If she could change anything, it would be speed: make decisions more quickly, take what’s at hand and make it work faster. She loves the beach, going out with her kids, going to the movies, and going to a restaurant with friends. The “going to the beach” part will be easier thanks to the move to Carcavelos.

Vanda Ferreira

She may look small in stature, but when she has an opinion she’s a giant… and so say all of those who work with her. Her job has gained some streamlining over the years. When she started at Nova SBE everything was on paper, and she spent long hours at the photocopier, which was less than thrilling. Today things are more practical and faster. Her favorite program for executives is “Effective” – a five-day leadership training course led by one of her favorite professors, Miguel Pina e Cunha. Beyond Nova’s SBE walls she is – above all else – a mother. Young Vincente is two and a half and is in that “I’m the center of attraction, and I need all of your attention” phase of life. In her (thus) rare free moments she likes reading novels and murder mysteries. Most of all, she would like to travel more. In June she’s off to Paris… of course with Vincente. If she had a different profession she’d be a famous author of travel tales.

Vasco Oliveira

He’s only been here for three months, but has made an impression with his sense of humor ‘cause he always has a good joke to tell. He works in the area of sales of open-enrolment programs, and is so zealous in this that he actually spent this interview trying to sell us a program and get us enrolled! The thing he likes best is having the chance to talk to people who are at that point where they’re not sure about what they want in life or how to get there. “We help folks figure out what they want” and that’s a great motivation. When we asked him what he would change, if anything, he said that he’d leave for Carcavelos tomorrow if the rest of the team would go too. Apparently he doesn’t want to be alone. Vasco thinks that he’s shy, which is interesting in light of the fact that he’s in sales. When he’s not selling something he likes to head out with his dog, Lota, which is the name of the beach in the Algarve where he has spent holidays ever since he was young. He fills the summer months sailing. Aside from this, he runs… or at least, “is a runner”, as he says… at the Cidade Universitária. He hangs out with his girlfriend and tries to read a bit everyday.


by Pedro Miguel Martins.

Adding up the years that the individual team members have accumulated here at Nova SBE, the total comes to more than a century of experience! They care about the books, and they are mostly women because this team only has one men, but he loves to work with the female members of this group. Get to know the Library team of Nova SBE.


Sean Story

He hails from afar… from Nebraska… but doesn’t miss it much. “Everything there is either too hot or too cold.” In Lisbon, here at Nova SBE, he is the Head Librarian (since 2010) and heads up a team comprising only women – something that he finds perfectly normal, as he has always worked in libraries and with lots of women. He likes to play squash, read fantasy stories, science fiction, and tales of espionage. He’s fond of Japanese whiskey, and for him the ultimate relaxation is to curl up with “a good read” and “a good glass”. He loves taking trips “out there around here” and the last place he went was Arraiolos. He claims that he didn’t see many rugs, but ate really well. His hallmark… when he can’t find the right word in Portuguese or doesn’t understand something, he says “oi?!”

Antónia Correia

The most recent acquisition of the team, she arrived at Nova SBE a mere year and a half ago. She came to us from not too terribly far away… Nova IMS, when the libraries of the two schools merged. Aside from attending to the students, she works with international databases, and does a lot of other things, as well, including representing the Library to Associations. Notable is her dynamic nature around the Library. “The students we are seeking are the ones who are highly motivated to learn, and it’s quite stimulating to be taking part in their education and helping them to do better.” She says that she likes to move… and so she does lots of sports and hiking – the best of which take place in Sintra. She’s very happy about the move to Carcavelos, not only for personal reasons (“it’ll be great having the sea right there in front”) but also for professional reasons, as at this moment, considering everything the Library offers, the space is just not enough. “It will be great to have more room to grow.”

Fátima Antunes

She joined the team in 1984 – more than three decades ago. At that time she was in maintenance of the Rectory (in Principe Real), but had a schedule that was difficult for someone with a small child. So she petitioned for a transfer to her current spot in the library, and then was ultimately called upon to move to the library here. She loves her contact with the students because she learns so much from them. Beyonf Nova SBE walls she is known for her artistic skills and as a seamstress, something that she pursues with great enthusiasm in her free time. Fátima knows every little nook and cranny of Nova SBE and “knows where everything is”. The team agrees that it is Fátima who keeps the team together – which is no small task.

Filomena Santos

She’s been here for 29 years. A life time. Her entire team agrees that one of her strong points is that she never forgets anything at all – she has sort of a scary memory – which, in fact, can come in pretty handy in her line of work. She absolutely loves the Campolide Campus and possesses a knowledge about this that is positively awesome. She came to Nova as a little girl 30 years ago… grew up… got married… and had kids – and all of this during her years at Nova. She’s an artist… does knits, does crochet and cross-stitching needlepoint, and makes arraiolos rugs. She also does community service work and is a catechist for youth, ages 11 and 12. She loves being in contact with youth and appreciates the enthusiasm they bring to learning new things. This probably contributes to her love of working in the Nova SBE library.

Graça Semedo

Graça speak four languages, including Catalan, which is indispensable for helping foreign students. The Portuguese ones, too. She came here in 2003 and says, very contentedly, that she has had a really interesting professional life: “I’ve been lucky enough to work on very innovative projects, like in the Pedagogical Council during the `Bologna switch-over´ days.” She works with the PURE program, which is a bibliographic database of all the scholarly research of all of Nova SBE’s researchers. We are especially proud that this database “is a source of enormous wealth and a huge international project”.

Hermínia Martins

Fun-loving, and in the best way. She’s been with Nova since 1996, and has always worked in the school’s libraries – first at the palacete and now here at the Campolide campus. She loves everything about her job, but at the top of her list is purchasing the materials for professors (meaning the resources that find their way into classes). These days everything is done online and is much simpler – and she doesn’t miss the “old days” “when everything was on paper and came by fax. The students need to see that things get better and better.” She likes travelling, reading, and hanging around the riverfront doing nothing special, listening to no one in particular, and just taking it easy. At the new campus she’s looking forward to replacing the river with the sea.

Isabel Pinto

The “positive energy lady” has been electrifying the team for 22 years and has already done a bit of everything here at Nova: began in the bursar’s office, then took a holiday as a receptionist, from there was a secretary, then onward into human resources, thence to the office of the registrar, and finally to the library. She tells us, smiling, that her nicest memories are the ones she can’t reveal to us (!), but on order not to leave us dangling… she recalls the many mascots that have shared this campus with us: peahens, dogs (Bobby, for 17 years), and cats. Burros… well, not yet. Her favorite hobby is riding her bike, whether in the Parque de Nações or in Sintra, alone or with others, and she tells us that on weekends she sometimes takes rides that last for hours. A cyclist extraordinaire. Let’s see if she joins Graça on the road to Carcavelos.

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