The Team

Estrela Chaby

Estrela Chaby

DEPUTY OMBUDSMAN

Estrela Chaby is a Judge, having joined the Centro de Estudos Judiciários in 1997. In jurisdiction, she exercised functions in the general jurisdiction, in the civil area and in the family and children’s area. She graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra (1994), post-graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon…

Teresa Maria de Moura Anjinho

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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…

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…

Miguel Feldmann

Miguel Feldmann

Coordinator - National Preventive Mechanism

Miguel Feldmann was born in Lisbon on 18th October 1967. He graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law of the Universidade Católica de Lisboa and attended the Institute of European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Jurist and lawyer, he performed functions as Advisor to the Ombudsman between 1999 and 2007. Having integrated the office of the Secretary…

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

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 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

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…

João António Portugal

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…

Teresa Bessa

Teresa Bessa

Coordinator

Maria Teresa de Lemos dos Santos Bessa was born in Coimbra, on January 5th, 1968. She has a degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and a post-graduate degree in Political-Administrative Sciences (administrative branch) from the same Faculty. She practiced law and was Sub-Inspector General in the General Inspection of Justice Services. She began…

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 Santos

Susana Santos

Personal Secretary

Susana 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 administrative support to…

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…