Was recently appointed as Director of the Portuguese Intelligence Academy under the Portuguese Republic Intelligence System (SIRP) and was director of several operational departments of the Portuguese Intelligence Service (SIS) between 1995 and January 2013.
She is an expert in international relations at the Portuguese Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP). She holds a Master Degree in International Relations from the ISCSP, focused on Russian issues, and a Law Degree from the Classical University of Lisbon.

In 2013 she was a speaker at the plenary panel "Human Security" (May, 3rd).