Historian and Art Critic
Graduated in Art History, Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Havana (Cuba, 1993), Adriano has more than 20 years of professional experience related to the different manifestations of art and culture, particularly the management of projects and institutions, about the practices and knowledge of artistic circuits, on the social role of the artist and on the market and economics of culture, among others.
Physicist and Researcher
Akiules is known for his unique perspectives, thoughtful judgement and ability to transform ideas into challenges and then into solutions; He is a leader committed to inspiring and motivating young people to actively engage in dialogue and action to change Angola’s socioeconomic landscape.
Lawyer, Blogger and Film Producer
Lawyer, Blogger and Film Producer.
Alexandra is a Lawyer in Angola and Portugal. She is also Executive Coordinator of the International Arbitration Conference of Luanda and member of the Executive Committee of the 1st Moot Arbitration of Luanda.
She was a member of the Provincial Council of the Angolan Bar Association and Executive Director of the Ad- ministration, at Banco BPC.
Born in Luanda, she had the opportunity to live in Lisbon, London, Geneva and Frank- furt. Back home, Angola has become the central theme of her blog “The Alexe Affair”, in travel narratives throughout the country.
In 2014, she embarked on an intense adventure, in parallel with his professional activity: the production of the first film on Surf in Angola “Kalunga, the Sea of Angola”, currently candidate to several interna- tional film festivals and winner of several awards.
She believes that “de- constructing” the walls of our comfort zone is to be avant-garde.
Alexandre Francisco "BIRÚ"
Rapper, Poet, Beatmaker and Multimedia Artist
Portuguese born in Lisbon, with roots in Guinea-Bissau and Angola.
Winner of the Poetry Slam in Portugal and got in third place in the Latin America competition in Rio de Janeiro (2014).
His work revolves around a vision of past traditional influ- ences and an imagined future, working with instruments and samples and incorporating imagery through experi- mentation with video and photography.
A regular contributor to Batida as a vocalist, who in 2015 released his Diaphra’s Black- book of Beats under the alias Alexandre Francisco Diaphra on Bazzerk/Mental Groove Records.
Psychologist and Mentor
With more than 14 years of experience in Human Resources and Management, Anabela Marcos is Founder and General Director of Professional Management (GP), a company that provides Coaching, Recruitment and Human Resources consulting services. Her areas of expertise include people management, leadership, career management, talent search, headhunting and coaching.
Before starting her business, she had a 10-year experience in Counselling and HR Management positions in Angola and Brazil. She has a masters in Social Psychology, having focused her studies on Anthropotechnology, considering the analysis of the impact between management models of global organizations and local contexts.
She is a member of the Global Vital Voices Grow network for women entrepreneurs around the world, and is part of the Mandela Washington Fel- lowship program created by President Barack Obama for young African leaders; In 2015 she was elected a member of the Southern Africa Regional Advisory Council.
Cabuenha Janguinda Moniz
Carpoeira Instructor, Mentor and Social Activist
"Diversity is his other name, it creates. Diversity is his other name, creativity is his last name. A refined confidant and artist accessible to the bone"
Capoeira entered his life in 1996 when he watched in a TV show capoeira images, but only in 1998 he found people who practised the Art from the school of ABADÁ - Ca- poeira and began his practice in Luanda. They named him Cabuenha and from there began the dive in the ocean called Capoeira.
In 1998 he participated in the 1st African Capoeira Encounter in Luanda. And the following year he emigrated to Portugal (Lisbon) with his family due to the difficult conditions provoked by the war in the country. In Portugal, with the desire to train with a good teacher, he moved to Guimarães, where he had the possibility to take classes with Mestre Cascão.
In 2005, with the desire to improve, he ventures to live in Brazil realizing his dream as a boy: training with Mestre Camisa, founder of ABADÁ - Capoeira.
Traveller, Blogger e Gourmet
Cláudio Silva was born in Luanda but soon went to the United States where he completed almost all primary and secondary education. He also passed through Portugal and England.
He is a graduate of Boston University in Entrepreneurship and International Business. He lived for two years in New York where he worked in the financial services industry.
He currently lives in Luanda where, among other activ- ities, he is co-founder and managing partner of Luanda Nightlife, the first portal
for critical appreciations to restaurants, bars and hotels in Angola and the organiser of Angola Restaurant Week, the largest gastronomic event in the country.
He loves to write and he is published on various websites and newspapers, including Africa is a Country, Roads and Kingdoms, The Guardian, CNN Travel, Bradt Guide to Angola, among others.
Team Builder, Mechanic Engineer and Social Activist
Erickson is skilled in building efficient teams. With a masters in Social Entre- preneurship, he applies his experience in multicultural business environments to foster the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Angola.
He has worked in Angola and in the United States. He is founder and CEO of TUPUCA, Angola’s first on-demand delivery platform that allows users to order from multiple vendors. He is responsible
for the execution of Tupuca’s master plan of becoming the leading
on-demand delivery service in any market that it operates.
In 2015, he collaborated with IDEO an organisation based in San Francisco, California, with the aim to improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities, practising human-centred design, a creative approach to problem-solving that starts with people and arrives at new solutions tailored to meet their lives
Cultural Agitator, Educator and Multidisciplinary Artist
Ingrid graduated in Artistic studies (Performing Arts) at the Faculty of Arts, University of Lisbon (FLUL) where she currently does a postgraduate degree in Communication of Trends.
Her professional training includes a general Jazz course at JBJAZZ (Inst. Voice – 2008/2010) and a Music Production and Marketing course at the Institute of Arts, Creativity and New Technolo- gies (restart – 2007/2008).
She is currently a music consultant (Mo’Kubiko - Lisbon and LockDownStudios – Porto) and collaborates as lead singer with Dead Combo in Lisboa Mulata, Sir Scratch in In Our Name, Cabace in Ianda Mundo, Social Smokers in Magnetic Poetry.
She works as a producer of cultural events at festivals and shows.
As an educator, she is cur- rently teaching in an Events Production Course (ETIC, 2016/2017), collaborates with Hangar in Workshops and Mini-Hangar programs since 2016 and coordinates ATL’s for Nuno Gonçalves’ School Grouping since 2007.
She also develops works in Eco and Art-Education in the field of training, expression and practice.
Mentor and Startups Creator
Passionate about leadership and personal development – João is Angolan, married and 39 years old. He is the father of a young son and a future father of another boy.
He is founder and CEO of Leverage, an Angolan start-up in the area of remote assis- tance service.
He studied at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, England and has a graduate degree in Organisational Leadership.
He is the administrator of SDO Consulting in Portugal, and he worked in Angola for several years at Ucall and in Portugal at Sonae.
Artist and Choreographer
Júlio T. Leitão studied at the National Conservatory of Dance in Lisbon. Beginning his career in RTP (National Portuguese Television) and in the National Theater D. Maria II. He settled in New York studying at the Dance Theater of Harlem, he studied classical ballet with Maggie Black and choreography with Bessie Schonberg.
He worked extensively as a choreographer, winning an Emmy, fame and international recognition with his work. He staged and choreographed for the National Black Theater, Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, among others.
He received the United Nations Peace Medal in 2001 and the Sun Days Award in the same year. In 2003, the Samuel and May Rudin Community Service award from Chid Magazine and the Children’s Champion award.
He is also co-author of African Dance: Drumbeat in Our Feet along with Patricia Keeler, published in September 2004 by Bebop Books, and printed by Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Social Justice, Writer and Film Maker
Mallence pursued her studies in economics and finance in Paris, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Today, she lives across the globe and is involved in various start-ups on the African continent and produces a holistic body care line in Asia.
Mallence is the founder and creative director of the Freetown-based creative collective Folor Unsho, a “sharity” that has taken homeless youth off the streets into school by harnessing their creativity, without a single cent in donations.
In 2017 Mallence founded the Freetown Flood Educational Fund, which provides education to 99 orphaned survivors of 2017’s flood and mudslide in Sierra Leone.
As a thought-provoking critic her key-notes during confer- ences at TEDxBerlin, Universi- ty of Oxford, University of St. Gallen and the University of Namibia among others, stir conversations about social justice challenge the common status quo.
Due to her cross-cultural roots, she perceives herself as a bridge connecting two vastly different worlds.
Doula, Reiki Therapist, Integral Yoga Teacher.
“A human being still learning to be human, every day in a quest to be more”
Born in Luanda, raised between Angola and Portugal, descended from a Guinean mother and an Angolan father, Sara’s life path is not at all linear, it is full of twists, trips, ascents and descents, but essentially full of adventures and much learning.
His basic academic background was divided between the Angolan and
the Portuguese education. In 2008 she left Luanda I went to Cape Town to study Dance at the University of Cape Town, where she discovered her passion for the Doulas work. In 2010 she went to Buenos Aires to study Theater Direction at Palermo University and Integral Yoga at the International School of Integral Yoga. And in 2012 she went to the United States where she finally graduated as Doula by MaternityWise and Reiki Therapist with Reiki Master Melanie Harrell.
Economist, Poet and Philanthropist.
Collaborator of the media in the area of Economics, he is the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Educational Support, since July 2014, Saydi Carlos Neto was born in Luanda on February 14, 1975.
He holds a PhD in Economics from Agostinho Neto Univer- sity and a master’s degree in International Banking and Finance from the University of Salford, UK, and a degree in economics from Manchester Metropolitan University.
He has held the position of head of the BAI Risk De- partment (2011-2013) and is currently in charge of the Stra- tegic Planning Department of the same institution. He was a guest lecturer at the Method- ist University of Angola (2011- 2012) and a guest lecturer at the Catholic University of Angola (2014-2015).