The Team

Joaquim Pedro Cardoso da Costa

Joaquim Pedro Cardoso da Costa was born in Coimbra in 1965. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Law (University of Coimbra), is assistant to the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and is legal expert at the Centre for Fiscal Studies. He was a State Secretary for the Administrative Modernization of the XIX Constitutional Government. As…

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Luís Faustino

Luís Faustino

General Secretary

Luis Faustino was born in Lisbon on the 2 December, 1975. He holds a degree in Law, awarded by the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and holds a senior technical position, as legal expert, in the Legal Department of the Municipality of Lisbon. After an experience as a lawyer and on a legal department of a bank,…

Selma Pedroso Bettencourt

Selma Pedroso Bettencourt

Head of Cabinet

Selma Pedroso Bettencourt was born in the Azores on the 31st March 1986. She holds a degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of New University of Lisbon (2009) and master’s degree in Law in the area of legal-criminal sciences (2012). She continued her training in the area of legal and criminal sciences by the Universidade Autónoma of Lisbon…

Ricardo Carvalho

Ricardo Carvalho

Adviser to the Cabinet

Ricardo Carvalho was born in Lisbon on the 10th August of 1975. He is a legal expert and a lawyer and was Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Protection of Children and Young People at Risk from 2005 to 2013, when he was appointed to the Cabinet of the Ombudsman. He was a legal expert at the Social…

Ravi Afonso Pereira

Ravi Afonso Pereira

Adviser to the Cabinet

Ravi Afonso Pereira was born in Lisbon in 1981. He holds a graduation in Law, awarded by the Faculty of Law of the New University of Lisbon (2004), where he is finishing his PhD dissertation. He is a researcher in the areas of Constitutional, Administrative and European Constitutional Law, and is the author of several scientific articles published in Portugal…

Patrícia Fragoso Martins

Patrícia Fragoso Martins

Adviser to the Cabinet

Patrícia Fragoso Martins was born in Lisbon, in 1978. She is a Law Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal School of Law, in Lisbon, where she originally graduated, later obtained a M. Phil., and a Ph.D. in European Union Law. She holds a LL.M from King’s College London School of Law and has been a Visiting Researcher at Columbia…

João Costa

João Costa

Technical Expert - National Preventive Mechanism

João Costa was born in Coimbra in 1988. He has graduated in Law at the University of Coimbra (2010), where he completed his postgraduate studies in Criminal, Economic and European Law (2011) and holds a Masters Degree in Criminal-Legal Sciences (2013). He is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, where he has completed…

Eva Gaspar

Eva Gaspar

Press Officer

Eva Gaspar has a degree in Economics from the Superior Institute of Economics and Management of the Technical University of Lisbon. She was correspondent in foreign news affairs at the European Union institutions in Brussels for Diário Económico (1994-2002) and for RDP-Antena 1 (1999-2002). She was editor and columnist for Jornal de Negócios (2003-2017). She has collaborated with several media…

Miguel Menezes Coelho

Miguel Menezes Coelho

Coordinator - Thematic Unit 1

Miguel Menezes Coelho holds a degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. He was the coordinator of the Legal Office of the League for the Protection of Nature and legal adviser to the office of the Board of Directors of CTT (postal services). He began his duties at the Ombudsman’s Office in 1993. He is currently…

Elsa Maria Henriques Dias

Elsa Maria Henriques Dias

Coordinator - Thematic Unit 2

Elsa Maria Henriques Dias was born in Alverca do Ribatejo on the 10 March, 1966. She holds a degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, with postgraduate degrees in European Studies and on Organizations’ Fiscal Management. She was legal advser at the Office of the Chief Financial Officer of Lisbon and was a lawyer…

Nuno Simões

Nuno Simões

Coordinator - Thematic Unit 3

Nuno Simões graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, having attended various courses and training activities, both national and international, in the area of Labour Law, Social Security and Health. He was the author of studies and monographs on Social Rights, worked as a lawyer and legal adviser to Partex and was also consultant to the…

Armanda Fonseca

Armanda Fonseca

Coordinator - Thematic Unit 4

Armanda Fonseca was born in Coimbra in July 20, 1965. She is a lawyer and, since 2009, coordinates the area of labour rights in the Ombudsman’s services. She is an Inspector of the General Inspection of the Activities in Health and has worked in several services of the public administration, as legal expert and as leader, both in Portugal and…

José Álvaro Amaral Afonso

José Álvaro Amaral Afonso

Coordinator - Thematic Unit 5

José Álvaro Amaral Afonso was born in Angra do Heroísmo, in 1964. He holds a degree in Law (Coimbra, 1994). Between 2004 and 2011, he was the head of the Azores Department of the Ombudsman’s Office. Since 2016, he is the coordinator of the unit on the rights to justice and security; he is also a member of the Coordination…

João António Portugal

João António Portugal

Coordinator - Thematic Unit 6

João António Portugal was born in Leiria on the 27th January, 1965. He holds a degree in Law (Political and Legal Sciences) from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. He was a trainee assistant professor in Political Science, Constitutional Law and Public International Law. Since 1993, he has been working at the Ombudsman. From 1998 onwards, he…

Lina Rocha Mascarenhas

Lina Rocha Mascarenhas

Personal Secretary

Lina Rocha Mascarenhas was born in Lisbon on the 22 June, 1963. She studied Secretarial Techniques and attended the Translators and Interpreters Course of the Superior Institute of Languages and Administration. She entered the Ombudsman’s Office in 1996 and since then has worked as Personal Secretary of successive Ombudspersons. Previously, she had been the Secretary of the Office of the…

Susana Rute Cabrita dos Santos

Susana Rute Cabrita dos Santos

Personal Secretary

Susana Rute Cabrita dos Santos was born in Lisbon in 1977. She holds a degree in Marketing and Consumer Affairs from Instituto Superior de Santarém (2002). As part of the Socrates-Erasmus program, she attended classes at Hogescholl West-Vlaanderen and was an interna t the Chemistry Company Corn, Van Loocke in Bruges, Belgium. Between 2003 and 2005 she provided technical and…

Sara Patrícia Santos Duarte

Sara Patrícia Santos Duarte

Personal Secretary

Sara Patrícia Santos Duarte was born in Coimbra on the 6th December, 1976. She holds a degree in Modern Languages and Literature from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Coimbra (2001). She has been Secretary to the Office of the Ombudsman since 2013, accumulating, since 2016, the same function in the National Prevention Mechanism. Between 2009 and 2013…

Equipa 1 THEMATIC UNIT 1: Environmental, urban and cultural rights and essential public services Equipa 2 THEMATIC UNIT 2: Rights of economic agents, taxpayers, and consumers Equipa 3 THEMATIC UNIT 3: Social rights Equipa 4 THEMATIC UNIT 4: Workers' rights Equipa 5 THEMATIC UNIT 5: Rights to justice and security Equipa 6 THEMATIC UNIT 6: Rights, freedoms and guarantees; health, education, and constitutionality valuations Equipa 7 TEAM OF VISITATORS FROM THE NATIONAL PREVENTIVE MECHANISM - MNP Equipa 8 DEDICATED LINES NUCLEUS (CHILDREN, DISABLED CITIZEN AND ELDERLY CITIZEN) AND INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DIVISION Equipa 9 GENERAL SECRETARIAT