Ana Melro


Ana arrived at IES in 2014. Before that, she participated in several national and international research projects (MobiPag, Instant Places, Inclusion and Digital Participation, among others) and was Coordinator of a Local Learning Center, Open University. Ana holds a PhD in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms, from the University of Aveiro and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto. She holds a Masters degree in Childhood Sociology from the University of Minho and holds a degree in Management (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro) and in Sociology - Social Policies (Universidade do Minho).

CArlos azevedo

Academic Director

Academic Director and Member of the Board of Directors. Carlos began to collaborate with IES-SBS in 2015. He is also President of the Board and founder of ESLIDER-PORTUGAL - National Network of Civil Society Leaders, member of the Board of EUCLID-NETWORK - European Network of Civil Society Leaders and member of the Direction of the Association "Mundo a Sorrir". Previously, he was General Coordinator of UDIPSS-PORTO - District Union of Private Institutions of Social Solidarity of Porto. He was also Associate Researcher at INSEAD and Assistant Researcher at Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto Regional Center. Carlos is a Professor in Higher Education and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the School of Economics and Management of the University of Minho.

Afonso Fontoura

Business Development

Afonso is currently part of the business development team and manages the project B Lab Portugal and Lusophone Africa. He holds a B. Sc. in Economics from Nova School of Business and Economics and an M. Sc. in Sustainable Developemnt from HEC Paris. He already lived in São Tomé and Príncipe, Belgium, France and Brazil. Countries where he volunteered, studied and work around the topics of International Policy and Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Strategy. 

Filipa almeida

Community Manager

Filipa joined the IES-SBS team in 2015. She
has professional experience in the public and private sector, most recently working as Policy Advisor in the European Parliament, for the Committee on Economy and Monetary Affairs, where she followed developments in European economic and financial crisis and its effects in Portugal. She previously worked in the area of Business Development for Critical Software Brasil, she taught Microeconomics at the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, and worked for Deloitte Consulting, in the area of Strategy and Operations. She has a degree in Economics from the Católica University of Porto and a Master's degree in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics.

Mafalda Sarmento


Mafalda has been a member of the IES-SBS
team since 2012. She is a founder and R & D Director of Positive Benefits, a consultant to SUN AID since 2009 and an ACPLP consultant since 2010. She has been the manager of the ISU EQUAL EC Project (2009-2010) Of communication and project in TESE (2007-2009) and design consultant in Unimaginable (2005-2007). She was founder and coordinator of FAS RONDAS - Porto (2004-2007). Graduating in Industrial Design, ESADE
(2000-2004), Mafalda took a postgraduate
course in Development at ISCTE (2010) and participated in the INSEAD Social
Entrepreneurship Programme (2011).


Miguel Alves Martins


Miguel is a co-founder of IES-SBS and is
currently the CEO.

He is an Invited Assistant Professor at the
Nova School of Business and Economics, where he teaches Social Entrepreneurship and Management of Non-Profit Organisations. 

He holds a Global Executive MBA from
INSEAD and a Master's degree in Social
Economy from ISCTE.