We are delighted to announce all members of the Advisory, Academic and Students Boards who supports the Estoril Conferences in the strategic overview, adding different perspectives, expertise and knowledge, towards a sustainable, inclusive and liberal future for all.


Nova School of Business and Economics  and NOVA Medical School will be hosting the 8th Edition of Estoril Conferences along with the Municipality of Cascais as the Co-Host.

Helena Canhão
NOVA Medical School

Helena Canhão is the Dean of NOVA Medical School, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Full Professor of Medicine, Coordinator of the Research Unit Comprehensive Health
Research Center (CHRC), and Head of the Associated Laboratory REAL.
She is the President of the Portuguese Medical Schools’ Council (CEMP) for 2023-2024.
She is Chair of the Advisory Council of AICIB and Chair of the Advisory Council of the
Collaborative Laboratory Value for Health.
Helena Canhão is also Senior Rheumatology Consultant, Head of the Rheumatology Unit at
CHULC- Hospital Santo Antonio dos Capuchos, Lisbon.

Pedro Oliveira

Pedro Oliveira is Dean at Nova School of Business and Economics, where he is also Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Chair Professor.
He is also Professor at Copenhagen Business School; Academic Fellow at Cornell University’s Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures; Founder of Patient Innovation; co-founder of PPL Crowdfunding and member of the Environment & Sustainability Council at EDP Energias de Portugal.

Previously he was Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research; Associate Dean for Research; Director of the Research Unit in Business; Academic Director of the LisbonMBA (partnership with Católica-Lisbon, NovaSBE and MIT-Sloan); and Academic Director of the doctoral program in Technology Change and Entrepreneurship (offered by Católica-Lisbon, IST and Carnegie Mellon University) at Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics. He was also the founder and director of several exec ed programs.

Pedro also served as advisor to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and as an International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management .

His research has been published at Production and Operations Management (POM), Research Policy, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM), Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Orphanet, New England Journal of Medicine – Catalyst, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, among other.

He received his Ph.D. in Operations, Technology and Innovation Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and his M.Sc. and “licenciatura” in Naval Engineering from IST. He also completed advanced training at Harvard Business School and at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Carlos Carreiras Municipality of Cascais

Carlos Carreiras has been Mayor of Municipality of Cascais since 2011, winning three elections with an absolute majority and some of the most expressive votes ever in the municipality.

During his terms in office, Carlos Carreiras was Vice President of the Social Democratic Party (2014/2016), President of the social democratic think-tank Instituto Francisco Sá Carneiro (2010/2013) and founder of the Social Democratic Youth.

He is a training manager and, before executive politics, he was a company administrator in the field of FMCG and tourism.

A columnist for the “i” newspaper and author of the book “Com vista para o Atlântico”, Carlos Carreiras was born in 1961 and is the father of five daughters.

Miguel Pinto Luz Municipality of Cascais

Miguel Martinez de Castro Pinto Luz is the current Deputy Mayor of Cascais/Portugal (population 230,000).
Since 2005 he has held various public positions, both in central government, as Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications during Portugal’s XX Constitutional Government, and in his hometown, Cascais. Miguel is currently President of the Alfredo de Sousa Foundation, Vice-President of the Tourism Board of the Lisbon region and member of the Board of Directors of the Inclusive Community Forum. He has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon), he continued his academic and research career at the same school, completing a master’s in computer networks, where he also taught in several undergraduate and postgraduate courses, he currently teaches at the Nova School of Business and Economics.
He also has an MBA from AESE / IESE Business School (University of Navarra) and is currently developing a PhD in Leadership at Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University). His research interests include public service motivation, servant leadership and public sector governance.

Miguel Pinto Luz is a weekly contributor to a national radio station. He is frequently invited to comment in the main national media. In 2021, he has launched the book ‘Voltar a Acreditar na Política’, in which he shares his strategic vision of the world, Europe and Portugal. He has been developing a new vision for the future of cities and has already implemented successful cases in Cascais.

He is internationally recognized for this work, being invited as a keynote speaker all over the world about Smart Cities.

Advisory Board

It is with great pleasure that the Estoril Conferences officially welcome their members of the Advisory Board, delighted to collaborate together to bring an effective change toward a sustainable, inclusive, and liberal future for all.

Catherine da Silveira

Catherine da Silveira is Associate Dean for International Affairs and Partnerships at NOVA SBE. She is also Academic Director of the CEMS Master’s in International Management, International Master’s in Management, International Master’s in Finance and Double Degree Programs. She is a member of France’s Foreign Trade Advisors.

Associate Professor of Marketing, Catherine da Silveira coordinates consulting projects for companies and NGOs in areas such as purpose branding and sustainable consumption. Before joining the academic world, she worked for 13 years for the L’Oréal Group as a Marketing Executive across divisions and countries.

She has been coordinating the partnerships with the CEMS Alliance and with McKinsey & Company since the 7th Edition of the Estoril Conferences.

Carlos Oliveira

Carlos Oliveira is the cofounder and Executive President of Fundação José Neves. With a professional path related with economy, innovation and entrepreneurship, was Secretary of State of Entrepreneurship, Competitivity and Innovation, in the XIX Constitutional Government. Was also advisor at the European Innovation Council (EIC), between 2016 and 2021, being the only Portuguese representative. At the age of 22 he founded his first company, Mobicomp, that would be acquired by Microsoft in 2008. With an entrepreneur spirit, have cofounded and invested in several startups as Automaise, iMobileMagic, Asap54, PeekMed, Cardmobili, among others. Was condecorated as Oficial da Ordem de Mérito by the late President of the Portuguese Republic, Jorge Sampaio.

Carmelo Cennamo

Carmelo Cennamo is Professor with special responsibilities of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School, where he is Co-Director of the Entrepreneurship Concentration studies of the MBA Program.
Expert on Digital Platforms, Digital Markets, Ecosystems, he studies how firms manage their interdependent activities and how they try to shape the business context where these activities take place to gain competitive advantage. His work spans different sectors including videogames, mobile apps, oil and gas, automotive, hospitality, mobility, online news, blockchain and initial coins offerings; has appeared in the top academic journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Research Policy, as well as MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, and has been recognised with prestigious awards such as Best Paper Prize (finalist) from the Strategic Management Society (2014, 2018), Best Paper Award (finalist, 2017), Best Paper Proceedings (2017, 2015, 2013), Best Dissertation Award (finalist, 2011), and Distinguished Student Paper Award (2010) from the Academy of Management. A frequent keynote speaker on these topics in academic, corporate and industry events, he is also very active in the public debate on the broader impact that platforms and digital have in the modern society and economy.

Jorge Oliveira

Jorge Oliveira is the CEO of Siemens Healthineers Portugal.
With a degree in Business Management plus a post-graduate in Financial Management, Jorge Oliveira has over 20 years of experience in the health area. During his professional career he has held several management positions both national and internationally. In the last decade, he held the position of CFO in the Portuguese market, which he combined, in the last two years, with the position of Head of Finance Diagnostics for Southern Europe.
Jorge Oliveira likes to start his working day very early and to practice tennis on the weekend, a sport that has always fascinated him – he believes that these are two essential habits to keep his personal and professional life healthy, balanced, and productive.
According to Jorge Oliveira some books can truly change one’s perspective on life, particularly “The Darkest Hour”, by Anthony McCarten – which describes how, as a leader, it is essential to have a clear strategic vision and keep the team committed to the common purpose and values of the company, regardless of the circumstances – and “Leaders Eat Last”, by Simon Sinek – which explores real episodes of successful teams’ secrets.

Keld Laursen

Keld Laursen is professor of the Economics and Management of Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and DNV-GL Professor II at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He earned his doctorate in international economics from Aalborg University. His current research focuses on open and distributed innovation processes and on organizational practices and innovation outcomes. His research has been published in outlets such as Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Economic Geography and Research Policy. He is a co-editor of Research Policy and serves on the editorial boards of Strategic Management Journal and Industrial and Corporate Change. Keld Laursen is the 2017/2018 Past Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management. He is a former member of the Danish Research Council for Independent Research | Social Sciences and serves presently as a panel member at the European Research Council (ERC) for Social sciences and Humanities (SH1). Laursen is a member of the Executive Board of the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID). He serves currently on the CBS Academic Council.

Nelly Enwerem Bromson

Nelly is a global development leader with over 20 years’ experience successfully managing international development programs and addressing global challenges–including human rights, gender equality, and equitable access to quality and affordable services–by leveraging high-level diplomacy, negotiation, and advocacy. She has held senior-level positions with the United Nations and International NGOs, supporting health development outcomes particularly in Africa, Europe, and Asia. Prior to the UN, she worked as Adviser to the President, the Attorney-General, and the Minister of State Reform and Public Administration of Portugal.

Rita Nabeiro

Rita Nabeiro is the CEO of Adega Mayor, the wine company of Nabeiro Group, having started her activity in the family business in 2006, in Delta Cafés marketing team. The taste for wine and communication design were essential ingredients for her involvement in the construction and development of the Adega Mayor brand. As Executive Board Member of the Nabeiro – Delta Cafés Group, Rita is also responsible for the areas of Human Resources and Sustainability.

Vitorino Mello Oliveira

Portuguese diplomat at the United Nations in New York. Former diplomatic advisor to the Portuguese Minister of State and Finance and President of the Eurogroup. Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Sustainable International Business, Geoeconomics and International Relations, the module in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the Field Lab in Partnerships for Sustainable Development at Nova School of Business & Economics, with research and teaching projects in other institutions.

Academic Board

The Estoril Conferences are delighted to collaborate with this Academic Board to bring an effective change toward a sustainable, inclusive, and liberal future for all.

Ana Balcão Reis

Ana Balcão Reis is Professor and Vice-Dean for Degree Programs at the Nova School of Business and Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from Nova SBE. She has done research on economic growth driven by technology development and adoption. The role of human capital accumulation on economic growth has led her interest to the field of Economics of Education. Currently, her main research interests are in the area of economics of education. She has taught courses on Macroeconomics; Economic Growth and Development for the Undergraduate and Ph.D. Programs. She is now teaching Economics of Education for the Masters ´ program. Her work is published in academic journals such as the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, the European Economic Review and the Economics of Education Review.

Anne-Laure Fayard

Anne-Laure Fayard is Chaired Professor in Social Innovation at NOVA School of Business and Economics in Lisbon Portugal. She leads the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Lab @ Nova SBE. Her research interests involve collaboration, technology, social innovation and design. Fayard is also a Visiting Research Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She has held visiting positions at Imperial College Business School, London School of Economics and Ecole des Mines. Her research is published in leading scholarly journals and Harvard Business Review. Her work has been highlighted in major newspapers such as the New York Times, Financial Times and The Economist.

António Rendas

Dr António Manuel Bensabat Rendas was the Rector of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA) from 2007 to 2017 and President of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Unive​rsities from 2010 to 2014.
With a degree in Medicine from the Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa, António Rendas earned his PhD in Experimental Pathology (pulmonary hypertension) from the Cardiothoracic Institute, University of London in 1977.
From 1974 to 1978 he was a researcher in the University of London and in Harvard Medical School. In 1979 he returned to Portugal where he began the academic career that he keeps until today at NOVA Medical School/Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, now as a Professor Emeritus.
At NOVA University, he served has Dean of the Portuguese Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT) and of NOVA Medical School/Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, among other positions.
Dr Rendas has played several top roles at national and international levels such as Vice-President of the Portuguese Society of Pneumology, Coordinator of the National Council for Teaching and Medical Education of the Portuguese Medical Association and he currently is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Portuguese Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education.
His research interests focus on the physiology and physiopathology of respiration, biomedical evaluation of aging, medical education with emphasis on problem-learning and conceptual maps, university administration and management indicators. He is author or co-author of over 200 publications including communications, scientific articles, books and book chapters.
He has coordinated and participated in several national and international consultancies in areas like medical training, teaching and research in medicine, adoption of innovative pedagogical methods and development of biomedical research networks.
Dr Rendas was honoured with the Chevalier de I’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Republic and with the Medal D. Afonso Henriques of Merit from the Ministry of Defence (Army), the Gold Medal of the Ministry of Health and the Science Medal from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.​ In 2018 he was awarded by the President of the Republic with the Grand-Cross of the Order of the Public Instruction.
Dr Rendas joined the AKU Board of Trustees in 2017.

Conceição Calhau

Conceição Calhau graduated in Nutrition and earned her Doctorate and Aggregation from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. She is a Full Professor at the NOVA Medical School – Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Nova University of Lisbon. She is the coordinator of the Unit of Lifestyle Medicine and NOVAHealth Nutrition at the Nova University of Lisbon.

Conceição Calhau is a consultant member of several scientific organisations. She is an editorial board member of Scientific Reports (Nature Group) and of Nutrients. Her main research interests focused on the human microbiome, polyphenols, endocrine disruptors, metabolic dysfunction, and iodine nutritional state, which has led her to coordinate several research projects with national and European funds, such as IoGeneration, contributing to public health policies decisions by the Portuguese Parliament and national authorities.

Geir Espnes

Geir Arild Espnes is an academic and a politician. He is professor and leader of Public Health Science and Community Medicine at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is at present Mayor of Oppdal and deputy member of the Norwegian Parliament. He is holding an Honorary Professorship at National University of Singapore. He has started and led several Centers and organizations on Health Promotion Research worldwide. He has been working with esteemed scholars at universities and research institutions around the world.

José Tavares

José Tavares holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and is full professor at NovaSBE, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. José´s research on democracy, gender discrimination, and economic policy has been featured in Time magazine, the New York Times, Handelsblatt and La Repubblica, among other. In his essay “Europe Is Not A Foreign Country”, José discusses the future of Europe.

Klara Jelinkova

Klara Jelinkova is Vice President and University Chief Information Officer at Harvard University. She is responsible for information technology strategy, policies, and services that support the University’s teaching, learning, and research mission, and business operations. Klara also leads Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), Harvard’s central IT provider serving more than 50,000 educators, students, and staff. Klara has previously held IT leadership positions at Rice University, the University of Chicago, Duke University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Miguel Ferreira

Miguel A. Ferreira is the BPI | Fundação “la Caixa” Chair Professor of Responsible Finance at Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE). He is the Vice-Dean of Faculty and Research at Nova SBE and the Academic Director of the Nova Finance Knowledge Center. He is also a research associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) and a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He has a PhD in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Miguel Ferreira is among the top 100 most prolific authors in top 3 finance journals of all time in the world, and he is the most cited Portuguese economist since 2000. He was the President of the European Finance Association.

Miguel Xavier

Dr. Miguel Xavier is a distinguished psychiatrist and mental health expert, known for his leadership in academia, policy development, and clinical practice. He is a Full Professor at NOVA Medical School-UNL, Vice-Dean, and Chairman of the Scientific Board. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the National Coordination for Mental Health Policies under the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Xavier’s extensive contributions to mental health policy include co-authoring the Portuguese Mental Health Plan 2007-2016 and being the first author of the updated national Mental Health Plan 2017-2020. He is also a Senior Consultant at the Department of Psychiatry in Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental, providing expert care to patients.
With numerous research projects under his belt, Dr. Xavier’s work spans areas like psychiatric epidemiology, mental health policies, schizophrenia treatment, family burden, psychoeducation, and forensic psychiatry. He has presented over 400 times at scientific meetings and authored or co-authored 120 publications in journals and books.

Nuno Neuparth

Nuno Manuel Barreiros Neuparth is Vice-Dean for Education of NOVA Medical School (2022-). He is a Full Professor of Pathophysiology at NOVA Medical School. Aggregate in Medicine in 2017, PhD in Medicine in 1995, Master in Pedagogical Skills and Scientific Capacity in 1987 and graduated in Medicine in 1981, all by NOVA Medical School. He was Elected Member of the NOVA Medical School Council (2010-2021), Elected Member of the NOVA Medical School Scientific Council (2010-). Assistant (Specialist in Immunolaergology) at Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central EPE, Nominee Member of the Scientific Council of the National Program for Respiratory Diseases, by the Director General of Health at the Ministry of Health, Regent of the Curricular Unit of Pathophysiology and Therapeutic Targets I at NOVA Medical School. Responsible by the Pathophysiology Course in the Integrated Master’s in biomedical engineering at NOVA School of Sciences and Technology. Clinical Director of the Pathophysiology Lab at NMS | FCM, Responsible for the Lung Function Lab from Dona Estefânia Hospital at Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central EPE (CHULC, EPE). He published 71 articles in specialized medical journals. He has 24 book chapter (s) and 6 book (s). He organized 21 event (s). He supervised 4 doctoral thesis (s) and co-supervised 4. He supervised 7 master’s dissertation (s) and co-supervised 3. He received 22 award (s) and / or honors. He participates and / or participated as Investigator in 5 project (s) and Responsible Investigator in 16 project (s). Operates in the area (s) Clinical Medicine with an emphasis on Allergology and Medical and Health Sciences with an emphasis on Health Sciences with an emphasis on Public Health and Environmental Health.

Patrícia Calado

Vice-Dean for Research at NOVA Medical School. Over 25 years of experience in the fields of life sciences and health research, R&I management, science and technology funding and policy analysis.
Former national delegate to the EU R&I programme (FCT and ANI), former Board Member at AICIB.
Engaged in the implementation of strategic initiatives such as the National Strategy for Genomic Medicine, National Mirror Group for Rare Diseases, and the National Cancer Hub.
PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon.

Pedro Gardete

Professor Gardete specializes in marketing strategies in contexts of high uncertainty. In his current work he studies the DRAM manufacturing industry and analyzes the use and value of market research information to aid in decision-making on significant industry investments. His research also spans the areas of truth-in-advertising, where he investigates favorable market conditions for advertising credibility to take place. A third stream of his research addresses the realm of online consumer ratings, and estimates their impact on other consumers’ opinions. He is a Full Professor of Marketing at Nova SBE and the President of the Scientific Council.

Pedro Vicente

Pedro C. Vicente is a Professor of Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE), where he is also the founding scientific director of the knowledge center NOVAFRICA. He specializes in development economics and Africa. Pedro has published in leading economics journals such as the American Economic Review. His research has entailed substantial fieldwork efforts in African countries. Pedro Vicente has a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

Roberto Palma dos Reis

Roberto Palma dos Reis is an Associate Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at Nova Medical School, an esteemed Coordinator of the PhD Program in Medicine at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and the Head of Cardiology Unit at Pulido Valente Hospital, CHLN, Lisbon. With over 150 publications, 5 books, and 800 presentations to his credit, Roberto is a distinguished figure in the medical field. His expertise and dedication have earned him more than 30 scientific awards, making him a leading authority in Medicine and Cardiology.

Sónia Dias

Sónia Dias is Dean and Full Professor at the National School of Public Health – NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal. She has a PhD in International Health. Has developed her scientific activity on health promotion, disease prevention and socio-behavioural sciences, with a particular focus on health inequalities, as well as in evaluation of health interventions and policies. Has vast experience in projects, namely financed by the European Union. She has acted as consultant for several international organizations. She has co-authored 150+ papers in peer-reviewed indexed journals and published several book chapters and books.

Zoray Talib

Zohray Talib is Executive Vice Dean for Education and Professor of Medicine at the California University of Science and Medicine. She serves as Head of Department at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and visiting faculty at the Aga Khan University in Kenya and Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. Dr. Talib works with medical schools globally to bring social accountability and best practices particularly to low-resource settings. She brings to the field of global health equity the unique perspective of being a primary care doctor, educator, researcher and leader.

Youth Ambassadors

With the role to inspire the Purpose Generation worldwide and all those who want to make an impact for a better world, we are delighted to collaborate with these Youth Ambassadors that will lead the way towards a better and greater future for all the changemakers that want to move forward with a positive attitude and social conscience.

Catarina Viegas Dias

Catarina Viegas Dias concluded the Masters in Medicine in 2011 (Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Medicina) and the postgraduate program Clinical Scholars Research Training (Harvard Medical School-Portugal) in 2017. She works as a GP at Administração Regional de Saúde de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo IP, as a Teaching Assistant at Universidade Nova de Lisboa /Faculdade de Ciências Médicas and as a scientific consultant at Comissão de Avaliação de Tecnologias da Saúde (Infarmed). Areas of interest: Decision Making; Evidence-Based Medicine; Guideline Adherence; Quaternary Prevention; Public health.

Emile Von Schomberg

Emile is a mathematics graduate from Utrecht University, currently finishing a dual Master degree in International Management through the CEMS Alliance at Nova SBE & Koc University. He founded Philoxenia: a volunteer-based network committed to promote informal education, in which he directs project proposals involving universities, NGOs and businesses accumulating over 100.000€ in funding. Amongst others, he herein led and coordinated an Erasmus+ funded intercultural exchange week for 40 people from 17 different nationalities. Additionally, as member of a transdisciplinary team consisting of internationally recognized artists and scientists, he was a facilitator in The Unthinkable Experiment: an award-winning project initiated by Koen Vanmechelen and supported by major universities in Belgium to seek alternative ways in creating new knowledge. Recently, he founded Philo-X: an informal education start-up with the first pilot program taking place within the CEMS Master of International Management. He was part of the Estoril Conferences 2022 task force to organize a two-day conference attracting over 4000 attendees and authored the Purpose Generation Declaration which he presented at the event’s opening. Other organizational roles included university teaching assistant, exam coach and president of different student-based committees. His passion for culture has led him to visit over forty countries with international living experience across Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore, Portugal and Türkiye. In his free time, he composes music and performs in different concerts.

Inês Frazão

Inês Frazão is currently the President of Nova School of Business and Economics Students´ Union. At Nova SBE she is an incoming Master ́s in Management with specialization in Operations Management and the prestigious Masters CEMS in International Management, class year 2024-2025. She is also elected Student Representative of the Pedagogical Council representing all undergraduate students. Inês is eager to create positive impact, her leadership, dedication, and upcoming academic pursuits make her a prominent figure in the student community.

Francisco Mendes

Francisco Mendes is an accomplished leader, former Bachelor`s and Master`s student in Management at Nova School of Business & Economics, having served as President of the Students Union and current teaching assistant for Communication, Leadership, and Ethics course. Francisco is known for his podcast “Mãe vou de Erasmus” and his excellent sense of humor, bringing a unique blend of academic knowledge and practical experience to his role.

João Gancho Figueiredo

João co-founded Xerpa, a pre/post-graduate medical training and curricula management platform, and is the Medical Director of Mediceus, a digital health company working on health data integration. He also consults for a health plan’s disease prevention and sustainability strategies.

He has a Masters in Medicine (Universidade de Lisboa, 2012), and Post-Graduations in Healthcare Management (Nova SBE) and Occupational Medicine (Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública).

Areas of interest: medical education, platforms and ecosystems, data interoperability, healthcare management.

Salomé Azevedo

Salomé Azevedo is Head of Digital Health at VOH.CoLAB and founder of Dotmoovs. Her research focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating digital health and well-being solutions. She is finishing her PhD in Engineering & Management at IST. She was a researcher and a teaching assistant at Católica-Lisbon SBE. She is member of the Patient Innovation Association General Assembly. Salomé conducted research on User Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. She was a mentor for the Digital Health Ideas Lab by Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft Institute and deputy of the Health Parliament Portugal.

Tomás Rodrigues

Tomás Rodrigues is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in CEMS in Finance, in addition to being a former president of the Nova School of Business & Economics Students Union and former member of Nova Junior Consulting. Currently, he also works as a teaching assistant for Principles of Management. With his ongoing studies in finance and a strong background in leadership and consulting, Tomás possesses a well-rounded skill set that will contribute to his future.

Students Board

Students at Nova SBE often go beyond their traditional role to boost student involvement and interaction on campus. Clubs emerge when a group of students mobilizes around a professional goal, a common interest or an innovative idea. These groups can foster networking and create experiences that go way beyond the walls of the classrooms. Below you can find more about the clubs engaged with the Estoril Conferences.

Nova Awareness Club

President: Patricia Cruz

Nova Awareness Club is a student-founded organization that manages a digital newspaper. The main goal of NAC is to increase awareness and knowledge among the economic community around Nova SBE and beyond. To accomplish that, we formed a very competent team, passionate about research, to publish on our site, not only articles, but also weekly wrap-ups covering the hot topics of the week, bi-weekly personalities covering the life of interesting individuals throughout history, and quarterly Arts & Culture editions exploring relevant artistic and cultural content.

Nova Debate Club

President: António Pires

The Nova Debate Club promotes debates where students compete with each other or debate freely, sharing points of views with interesting and challenging speakers. The Nova Debate Club aims to promote debate and argumentation among Nova SBE students. The club wants participants to challenge the statu quo and to develop an informed and curious view of the world around them.

Nova Economics Club

President: Hugo Marques de Sousa

NEC is Nova SBE’s soal club focusing only in Economics. It’s goal is to deliver research and share knowledge in the field, by developing high-quality research projects with its partners and organizing events, with Economia Viva being its main one. Moreover, the Club has a wide range of tools available to spread information, including its social media profiles and its Magazine.


President: João Pedro Pais

Is NOVA SBE’s academic Tuna, a musical group focused on spreading Portuguese tradition and academic spirit. It was created on February 15th of 1993 by a group of Nova SBE friends that wanted to be connected with music while studying.

Leadership For Impact

Presidents: Francisco Alves de Brito & Benedita Elias

The Nova SBE Leadership for Impact Student Club was born out of the will to create opportunities for sustainable impact through leadership while always promoting cooperation among members of the Nova SBE community, such as students, NGOs, enterprises, and more.

NOMA Marketing Consulting

President: Gonçalo Covas

NOMA is a Marketing and Strategy consulting firm, managed and composed exclusively by Nova SBE students and part of Junior Enterprises Portugal. We intend to become a reference for companies and institutions as a creative and trustworthy partner and to take an active role of trainer in the areas of Marketing and Strategy.

Nova Politics Club

Presidents: Leone Carpi & Tomás Fernandes

Nova SBE Politics Student Club is Nova School of Business & Economics’ student-run politics and international affairs club. Despite being a non-partisan organization, the Nova SBE Politics Student Club specializes in enhancing its members’ knowledge, expertise, and critical thinking skills concerning the spheres of politics, diplomacy, the world economy, and international relations. The club achieves this by offering students both theoretical and on-field experiences and know-how thanks to the invaluable network developed by the Nova SBE Community.

Nova Skills Association

President: Pedro Rodriguez

Nova Skills Association is the oldest Nova SBE student’s club, created in 2010, with the mission of being a key element in the development of the Nova SBE community’s Power Skills. We believe that Power Skills are a driving force of talent and aim to make their development accessible, easy, and free for the community. With our mission in mind, we strive to create opportunities, by bringing to life events and learning sessions focused on Power Skills. We hope to, with this synergy with Estoril Conferences, aid in the creation of powerful learning opportunities.

Oikos Lisbon Club

President: Carolina Lobato Lopes

Oikos Lisbon is the social and environmental student club from Nova School of Business and Economics and the Portuguese chapter of oikos international, a student-led international organization that promotes sustainability in economics and management. With the mission to educate and promote behavioural change towards a greener future, oikos Lisbon aims to excel in making a difference in Nova SBE’s Community. A group of open-minded, non-conforming and visionary members highly engaged in fighting environmental issues. Working with the School’s Sustainability Office, with Portuguese education and social Institutions, as well as several independent organisations widens their impact in the community.

Nova Thirst Project

Presidents: Madalena Paiva & Rafaela Farias

The Nova SBE Thirst Project Student Club is the first NGO student club at Nova SBE. The club aims to raise society’s awareness to end the global water crisis. In addition, the club organizes events to raise funds to build freshwater wells in developing regions of the world.

Nova Junior Consulting

President: João Sousa

Nova Junior Consulting (NJC) is Nova School of Business and Economics’ Junior Enterprise. We are a student-run consulting firm specialized in providing strategic, financial and management consulting services by offering our clients the knowledge and skills we develop at Nova SBE, Portugal’s top Business School.

Nova Social Consulting

President: Lisa Marie Bok

As a student-led consultancy, NSC offers a range of pro-bono advisory services for organisations in the social and environmental sector. Each team of 5 consultants will be dedicated to a client project for the duration of one semester (+/- 12 weeks). We are one of the largests Student Clubs at Nova SBE, the leading Business School in Portugal, with 50+ active Student Consultants, conducting 10+ consulting projects in the Portuguese social sector every semester. At Nova Social Consulting, we build bridges between Portugal’s purpose-driven social sector and the valuable tools, business acumen and insights of leading NOVA SBE students to support our clients and scale their impact in a sustainable way. For over a decade, we have served a wide range of clients, building capacity and accompanying them towards greater, more sustainable impact. We approach our client work with a win-win perspective: not only do we endeavour to contribute to the expansion and strengthening of our clients’ goals, but we also ensure a valuable experience for our consultants; one that will lead them on a path to become change-makers and impact-driven leaders.

Nova SBE Students’ Union

President: Inês Frazão

Nova SBE Students’ Union is the voice of all Nova SBE students. We are the bridge between the University administration and students, manage student club affairs and are responsible for giving life to the social scene at Nova. Every time our big and motivated team decides to embrace a new project, issue or party, we do so with the goal of ultimately serving every single student, and make their voices count.


Presidents: Beatriz Godinho & Catarina Louro

NOVAFRICA Student Group is a bridge between the NOVAFRICA Knowledge Center and students of Nova SBE. A passion for development topics is what unites us. The Group promotes and supports the Center’s events and projects, while having its own activities. During Pizza&Topic Sessions we discuss development economics topics that interest us. NSG Mentorship Program helps our students to understand better which academic and professional path they want to undertake. We engage as well in the NOVAFRICA Podcast and NOVAFRICA Blog, which are our tools to talk to other students and general audience about critical topics in development economics.

Mindspace Club

President: Marielen Winter

The Nova SBE Mindspace Student Club aims to create a safe and inclusive community of students that fosters self-acceptance, resilience, mental well-being, and meaningful relationships.

The club wants to enable its members to try out new experiences and expand their knowledge on topics that are too often forgotten in day-to-day life. The Nova SBE Mindspace Student Club members can join weekly online meditation sessions and regular outside workouts, yoga sessions, workshops, and much more.

Nova Pride Association

President: Raquel Lopes

Our mission is to advocate for the inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Our vision is to establish a genuine understanding of diversity and inclusion and a safe place at Nova SBE and beyond.

Student Boards Of Nova Medical School


President: Maria Vaz

AENMS, founded on May 15, 1979, is the official representative of NMS|FCM students.
It is guided by the principles of the Associative Movement of Portuguese students: uniqueness, non-partisanship, and secularism. Its primary objectives are to represent and defend the interests of NMS|FCM students, contribute to their integration into the Faculty, and promote their education in various areas: Science and Research, Community Health, Socio-cultural, and Medical Education, and soft skills.


President: Bárbara Pinto

FutureMD is a event organized annually by AENMS, wich provides students from NMS|FCM with a training opportunity featuring speakers from various medical specialties, alternative medical careers, and doctors with international training. The aim is to impart a range of specific knowledge/information about the future of young doctors.

Hospital da Bonecada

Presidents: Joana Miraldes

In the 22nd edition of Hospital da Bonecada®, we aim to fulfill our main objective – to eradicate the “White Coat Syndrome” in children and young people. Considering this purpose, it is essential to educate children on health issues, as well as to promote healthy lifestyles, something relevant for the formation of a more aware and capable society. Additionally, we want to form the student community of Nova Medical School, so that, as future physicians, and nutritionists, they have a crucial role in promoting health in the community, especially in the pediatric age, through lectures and organization of events. Each edition presents a theme, which allows the attribution of objectives. In the 22nd edition, the theme “The Child and the Family” appears, emphasizing the fundamental role that the family has for the well-being of children and young people, reiterating that this concept extends to everything that makes us resonate with the word “home”.

iMed Conference

President: Inês Martins

The iMed Conference®️ is the scientific event organized annually by the Nova Medical School Student Association (AENMS), aimed at the national and international student community in the areas of Life Sciences. Upon reaching its 15th edition, held between October 18 and 22, 2023, the iMed Conference®️ is committed to enriching its identity, with the main objective of inspiring our generation of future scientists and doctors, based on the full association between research and clinic and in the promotion of critical-scientific thinking.


President: Filipa Resende

MarcaMundos is a project by AENMS and students from NMS|FCM. Our main objective is to promote and educate people about health at a national and international level, raising awareness about healthier habits. This health literacy is conveyed through our volunteers, who throughout the year participate in trainings and engage in volunteer activities, so that they are properly prepared for the summer missions. These medium to long-term missions (2 to 6 weeks) take place both in Portugal and abroad, and with them, we also aim to train healthcare professionals who are more compassionate and knowledgeable about the true reality of the world.


President: Beatriz Nogueira

The Nutrition Science Student (N2S) Conference is a project by AENMS, focused on promoting Nutrition Sciences as a rapidly developing scientific field in recent years. Our aim is to provide high-quality educational opportunities that reinforce the importance of multidisciplinarity for excellence in the education of the new generation of healthcare professionals. We strive to highlight the significance of Nutrition Sciences in health, economy, environment, and society, while promoting the constant pursuit of knowledge and the use of critical thinking in the face of scientific advancements in the field.


President: Nuno Palma dos Reis

NOWACE is NOVA Medical School’s Junior Enterprise. We are a consulting firm that delivers innovative solutions in areas such as business strategy, market research and study design to health startups. By bridging the gap between the student community and the business world, we aim to ignite a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship within the medical field.

Saúde Porta-a-Porta

President: Telmo Martins

The primary objective of SPAP is to combat the isolation of the elderly in the Greater Lisbon area, while simultaneously allowing students to enrich their CV and interrelational skills.


Presidents: Alexandra Sequeira

SexEd is a university volunteer project by AENMS that aims to address the gaps in Sexual and Reproductive Health education, with a particular focus on the student population. Through a biopsychosocial and straightforward approach, we seek to demystify the taboos that still persist in society regarding sexuality through educational interventions in various schools and thematic posts on our social media platforms. Currently, we have a team of 81 volunteer members and have conducted approximately 133 sessions on sexual education in 20 partner schools during the 2022 term.
“The cooperation between NOVA Medical School and NOVA SBE on the organization of the ESTORIL CONFERENCES reinforces the transforming power of innovation and technology in Health, the reflection on the main challenges of today, the promotion of debate and the call for action, involving world leaders focused on the theme Re-Humanize. It also assumes an essential role in the promotion of the new Campus of NOVA Medical School. This is the ideal framework to bring together key stakeholders, unequivocally demonstrating that the new Health Campus is the materialization of the disruptive approach that NOVA MS is already playing to define the direction of health, teaching and practice of medicine in the future.”

“Our world needs people who don’t feel threatened by  the opinions or faiths of others, who are tolerant of the differences that make them the unique, who are peaceful and respectful, who are patient enough to win over others through persuasion, and who understand they can add immense value and have real impact through innovation and entrepreneurship. And that’s why the Estoril Conferences are so important for our community and the reason why we are engaging a multitude of stakeholders from politics, business, universities, and civil society. We will make the Estoril Conferences an annual event, held at the beginning of the academic year, that will discuss the most pressing issues of our time and set the agenda for the year ahead on planet, people, health, peace and policies. For this we count on all of you! ALL!”

“The Estoril Conferences have always been synonymous with dialogue and moderation, serving as a platform that unites countries, cultures, generations, ideologies, and religions. This event transcends geographical and ideological borders, driven by a purposeful mission—to forge a future filled with hope. It is a future that we actively believe we are shaping today, together. In this envisioned future, the well-being and needs of humanity are prioritized above all else.”

“The Estoril Conferences are a fantastic platform to inspire and develop young humanist leaders. The future of the world depends on them and their capacity to transform people and institutions. I am happy to contribute to this transformation”

Maria Angela Holguin​

(…) The planet needs new leaders who will unite people, who will listen to those who think differently, who can restore confidence in each society’s institutions. We need leaders who will promote their vision of a better world. (…) You, the young, know clearly the agenda that the world needs. It is important that you continue assuming a leadership role (…).”

“I consider it an honor to become a member of the Advisory Board of the 2022 Estoril Conferences. The actions of today’s leaders, along with their impacts, will outlive our generation. It is the succeeding generations who will be affected by the decisions we make today. (…) The younger generation is always eager to push boundaries and explore new horizons. They are undaunted, ready to take on new challenges in a constantly changing world. They are very passionate about the causes they believe in and in their desire to engender changes in their communities (…).”

“For long the sole attention of the health area and medical sciences was on causes of and treatment from diseases and illnesses. Now we see, both academically, in politics and in everyday life, an emerging curiosity on what keeps us people healthy and how we can gain better health. This lecture is to inspire for even more academic and political attention to health promotion in order to rehumanize the health area.”

“I am excited to be contributing to the Estoril Conferences 2023 Edition as both a presenter and a member of the Academic Board. As a technology leader and educator, this year’s topic of re-humanizing our world is of particular interest to me, and I look forward to engaging in discussions with the next generation on modern challenges and innovative solutions. ”

“The Estoril Conferences are a landmark of coordinated hope for Humanity and the next generations. I am thrilled to be part of it all”

“The Estoril Conferences are a fantastic opportunity to think about the way forward in developing the poorest parts of the world, which remain the main challenge of our time! Looking forward to meeting you all in Portugal!”

Claire Bright​

“I am delighted to be part of the Estoril Conferences initiative. The 2022 edition will be critical in enabling the voice of future generations to be heard to confront global challenges and promote sustainable development and responsible business practices, and reinforce respect for human rights and the need for climate action. I am looking forward to meeting the inspirational speakers.”

Dirk van Dierendonck

“It is with great pleasure that I continue my involvement with the Estoril Conferences. Especially, the central attention given to our next generation is so crucial. Our world asks for all of us to collaborate with an openness of what may be, with trust in the outcomes of a process of people working together with courage and compassion; to promote a sense of stewardship where decisions are taken that take into account the good of the whole.”

Milton de Sousa​

“After many years directly involved in organizing the Estoril Conferences, I am honoured with possibility of contributing to its growth as an educational platform to develop responsible global leaders. Leaders that care about social impact, dialogue and inclusion.”

Nuno Severiano Teixeira

“There is no postponing it – the future is now and tomorrow’s generations are in the making. The Estoril Conferences once again step up to the challenge and I am honoured to be on board.”

Ricardo Ernst

“This generation should have the purpose to be GREAT … to be EFFECTIVE agents of change and replacing the ME for the WE.  If not you, who?  If not now, when?

“It is a great honor to join the 2023 Estoril Conferences as a Youth Ambassador, with the theme “Re-humanize our world – Planet, People, Health, Peace and Policy”. I hope to collaborate in promoting open dialogue on the global challenges we are facing, and urge dreamers who still believe in making a positive impact in our world to come join us at the 2023 Conferences. See you there! ”
”Being Youth Ambassador for the 2023 Estoril Conferences is an honor and a privilege. “Re-humanize our world – Planet, People, Health, Peace and Policy” will shows us how to be part of the solution. Estoril Conferences are a clear reflection on how every person’s voice matters and how every individual can have a positive and meaningful impact. I am excited to be a part of this project!”

”Inspiration without knowledge is unfounded, knowledge without inspiration prevents us from going the extra mile.

We need them both, and at Estoril Conferences, we have the chance to understand how to change the world at the same time we are inspired to make that change.”

“It is an honor to join the 2023 Estoril Conferences as a Youth Ambassador, and It’s great to see Health in the spotlight. While a core need of individuals and societies, health is also one of the greatest challenges we face: how to make it a sustainable universal right. Everyone should be involved in this discussion, contributing from different angles and areas of expertise. Looking forward to it! “

“Digital health solutions benefit society and healthcare. They are a symbiosis of humans, technology, and organizations. Adopting and improving transdisciplinary action research methodologies with a critical and open mindset is vital. Patients are not participants but researchers and innovators. Attend Estoril Conferences to collaborate, learn from experts, and solve societal problems. ”

”The inclusion of former students in the organization of Estoril Conferences allows for a more complete view of what the younger generations expect from the event and look forward in the future. In addition, it creates a higher sense of accountability and ownership of the event and its purpose in relation to the students.”

“I am honoured to be involved in the Estoril Conferences. This edition, themed ‘The Purpose Generation’ could not be timelier.

Increasingly, with our generation and the ones still to follow, we are not only heeding the call of our purpose, we are also leading with passion and action as change agents of today.

I look forward to great dialogue – with, by and in support of youth – being met with great action worldwide.”

The Estoril Conferences aim at ensuring every young person is empowered to achieve their full potential. As we face global challenges, we need to invest in the driving force and resilience of youth across-the-board as agents of change. I am honoured and thrilled to contribute to this purpose generation.”

“My priority is to make sure that I am not just the first to achieve something, but most importantly that I am not the last. The most efficient way to build positive impact and contribute to gender and social equality is equipping the next generation with the right skills and tools to seize new opportunities.”

“As President of Nova Awareness Club, I am thrilled to announce our partnership with Estoril Conferences, which will bring some of the world’s brightest and most positive-minded people to our community. This collaboration presents an incredible opportunity for our community to learn and engage with some brilliant minds in the world, particularly in the area of environmental issues.
We believe that it’s time to take action and make a difference for our planet. By engaging, exchanging, and sharing experiences with all generations and different-minded people, we can create a positive impact on the world. With incredible technological and social development happening worldwide, it’s crucial that we work together to ensure that this development reaches all parts of the globe.
Thus, through this partnership, we aim to create a platform to raise awareness and engage our community in sustainable practices. We will develop initiatives and projects that encourage everyone to take action towards a more sustainable future. Together for Planet, for People, and for Peace, we can do more and better.”

President: Patrícia Cruz

“At Nova Debate SBE, we’re committed to empowering students to develop their critical
thinking, communication, and leadership skills through debate. Our mission is to use debate
as an educational tool that helps students become knowledgeable, cultural, and tolerant
citizens, open to the world’s perspectives, and willing to engage.”

President: António Pires

“Our mission at Nova Economics Club is to connect the science of economics to our community and the public debate. We strongly believe that relevant discussions in our society need to be evidence-based and informed to generate real impact. Together, we can create a new generation that prioritizes science and knowledge at the heart of all decision-making processes. Economics is for all issues, all opinions, and all minds.”

President: Hugo Marques de Sousa

“Music transcends words, cultures, and borders, uniting hearts, minds, and souls together.
Associations unite people, sharing a vision, building communities and fostering collaboration, regardless of location or background.

ForTuna does both!
We are excited to work with Estoril Conferences and be part of a project that helps create a more interconnected and harmonious world.”

President: João Pedro Pais

“Leading to an active and integrated action within the social sector for a better world. We are a group of multidisciplinary students focused on creating an impact on the social sector through the knowledge and skills developed at Nova SBE. Our focus is to promote the sustainable development of knowledge in the social sector and reduce social inequity by stimulating initiatives that inspire the creation of more articulated and efficient responses to societal issues.”

Presidents: Francisco Alves de Brito & Benedita Elias

“Re-Humanizing requires a shift in mindset, from viewing customers as numbers to valuing them as individuals with unique needs and desires. As NOMA Marketing Consulting, we lead with trustworthiness, creativity, and a passion for education. Let’s embrace this ethos at the Estoril Conferences 2023 and beyond, and make a positive impact on our world”

President: Gonçalo Covas

“We strive to empower and motivate our community to emerge as the future leaders who will challenge and reassess existing institutions. Through enhancing our members’ knowledge, expertise, and critical thinking skills in the areas of politics, diplomacy, world economy, and international relations, we aim to establish them as the benchmark for both governmental and non-governmental sectors.”

Presidents: Tomás Oliveira Fernandes & Leone Carpi

“Nova Skills Association is the oldest university club at Nova School of Business and Economics (founded in 2010) and has as its focus and mission the development and acknowledgement of Soft Skills among the community. Personally, presiding over an association with such a history and noble cause is enriching and a reason to be proud because, not only do I see its results in the community, but also in the several teams that pass through and have the opportunity themselves to develop their Soft Skills.”

President: Pedro Rodriguez

“Our purpose at oikos Lisbon is to make sustainable practices a standard among the Nova SBE community and beyond. We are utterly convinced that this partnership is a step in the right direction. By bringing everyone together and creating a forum for insightful discussion and exchange of ideas, we aim to call attention to the topic of sustainability and generate impact. We strongly believe, as the motto of our Green Talks states, that “There is still time to save the planet.”

President: Carolina Lobato Lopes

“Nova Thirst Project is the first NGO club at Nova SBE. Our main objectives are to fight the world water crisis by raising funds to build freshwater wells near the communities that need it the most and raising awareness about this issue in the Nova SBE community. In 4 years we already gathered enough funds to build one well!”

Presidents: Madalena Paiva & Rafaela Farias

“Our mission at NJC is to provide our members with the personal and professional development they need to succeed while delivering top-quality consulting services to our clients. By partnering with Estoril Conferences, we aim to contribute and advance the discussion of topics that shape humanity through the lenses of young entrepreneurial minds.”

President: João Sousa

“The Estoril Conference is a great place to discuss important topics and raise awareness. Nova SBE Social Consulting is excited to commence the partnership at this year’s edition and address the importance of humanity. Estoril Conference brings together a multitude of inspiring people, and we are excited to participate – representing where humanity can be present in the consulting world.”

President: Lisa-Marie Bok

“Our incredible and dynamic team at the Nova Students Union is always on the lookout for new ways to support and engage with students. Whether we’re taking on an ambitious new project, addressing an important issue, or throwing an unforgettable party, our unwavering goal is to serve and empower each and every member of our vibrant student community.

We are passionate about making your time at Nova the best it can possibly be, and that’s why we’re constantly striving to push the boundaries and exceed your expectations. With our tireless energy and boundless enthusiasm, we’re dedicated to ensuring that every student feels heard, supported, and valued.”

President: Inês Frazão

“NOVAFRICA Student Group is the NOVAFRICA Knowledge Center’s bridge to students passionate about development economics research. The Group promotes and supports the Center’s events and research projects while developing its own activities. These include the Pizza & Topic Sessions, the Mentorship Program, contributions to the NOVAFRICA Podcasts and Blog, and interactive social media content.”

Presidents: Beatriz Godinho & Catarina Louro

“At Mindspace we believe a healthy mind is fundamental to achieving personal fulfillment and academic success. Yet, finding the time and space to prioritize mental well-being in a demanding academic environment is highly challenging, which is why we support our students with evidence-based tools and a nurturing community.
By cultivating mindfulness within ourselves, we simultaneously develop the capacity to make more conscious choices, thus enabling us to become catalysts for change in our local and global communities.”

President: Marielen Winter

“Nova Pride Association is dedicated to fostering impactful inclusion at Nova SBE and beyond. Despite progress, LGBTQI+ individuals continue to face discrimination, violence, and oppression on a global scale. We believe that authentic transformation requires leaving no one behind and safeguarding the rights of LGBTQI+ individuals is increasingly urgent. We join forces with Estoril Conferences to empower queer people and demand action.”

President: Raquel Lopes

“In light of today’s world, re-humanization becomes an emerging need. Considering the issue of health, there is a progressive increase in the use of technology aimed at prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Although it was possible to noticeably increase quality, efficiency and safety, with the automation and standardization of health care, there was a depersonalization and consequent dehumanization of the same. In this view, the individual is idealized as a set of signs and symptoms, contrasting with a vision of precision medicine, which prioritizes the individualization of care. Humanization evokes practices that privilege listening, compassion and empathy for the patient, respecting their values and needs. Taking this into account, Hospital da Bonecada emerges as a a model hospital, where children can take their dolls to receive the care they need simulating, as best as possible, the experience lived in hospitals. On the one hand, the eradication of the “White Coat Syndrome” makes it possible to create a closer relationship with the health professional,
prioritizing trust, understanding and empathy. On the other hand, it is emerging to value the profession that gives us life, which welcomes individuals in their most fragile, fearful, and incomprehensible state and shows the little ones that even inanimate beings like dolls should be treated like people. Humanity should not see technology as a threat, but as a tool that allows us to make the provision of health care accessible, universal, and fair. Health professionals, and us as future health professionals, should not use technology as a form of depersonalization, but rather as a way of humanizing medicine and showing that even without an apparent light at the end of the tunnel,
the sun will find a way to shine. Technology will make it possible to discover unimaginable paths. Considering the policy, it is important to highlight the project’s mission in educating children in different health themes and in promoting health literacy, something essential for the formation of a more
conscious and capable. Considering the pillar that is humanity, Hospital da Bonecada assumes a humanitarian and social purpose.
In all editions and in relation to the chosen theme, a non-profit institution is selected that fights for the cause that we wish to support. In this way, the money obtained throughout the year is destined to this institution, allowing its growth and recognition, achieved by publicizing it throughout the year.
In this edition, “The Child and the Family”, aims to highlight the importance of the family and the social context in which it is born, in the psychosocial development of the child. Thus, the Casa da Criança de Tires was chosen, which welcomes children whose parents or legal representatives are no longer able, due to lack of economic, sociocultural, and emotional resources, to allow them to meet the needs and expectations of the children. Likewise, it presents a therapeutic dimension in minimizing the distance from the natural environment or biological family, in repairing relapses that result from dysfunctional families and in promoting rehabilitation, training and development of the child, considering an multidimentional approach. Considering that it is a mission for all of us to take care of the planet for future generations, Hospital da Bonecada is looking for partners who prioritize sustainability. The pandemic we are experiencing reminds us of the words of Aldous Huxley, perhaps the greatest lesson in history is that no one has learned the lessons of history.
The primordial objective of the human being is not to guarantee the maximum acquisition of goods, even if the implications are as catastrophic as the depletion of the planet’s natural resources, but to achieve happiness, the much-desired level of spiritual intelligence. The model hospital we build involves looking for partners and volunteers, prioritizing teamwork in favor of the materialist aspect. Peace emerges as a final product of the development of all these aspects, showing us the relevance of achieving it both personally and collectively. Without it, humanity cannot grow. What I believe most will always be that the small big changes are in our hands.”

President: Joana Miraldes

“MarcaMundos is a project affiliated with the Nova Medical School Students Association who aims to bridge the gap between the student body and volunteer work. It’s a non-profit, organized by students for students in partnership with other NGO’s, providing diverse volunteer activities during the year and long-term national and international programs in the summer months. Our goal is to help create the foundations for a next generation of health-care professionals more in tune with humanitarian work and the increasingly diverse world we live in.”

President: Filipa Resende

“The Nova Medical School Students’ Union’s (AENMS) project, Saúde Porta-a-Porta (SPAP), has the main goal to fight against elderly’s social withdrawal in Lisbon. Consisting of a volunteering project, with a medical and nutritional focus, it aims to address the difficulties that elderly have when accessing healthcare, while promoting health education. Furthermore, SPAP contributes to its volunteers’ clinical, interpersonal and social skills development.”

President: Telmo Martins