Joana is a co-founder of A MONTRA / THE WINDOW and the deep well of ideas of the project. She’s married to a rock-climbing-stunt-man-who-studies-Physics, with whom she shares a home that has been turned into our office and a dog that has been turned into our mascot. She’s journalist at heart – she has a Masters and experience in the matter – but somehow has spent the last 3 years working in management consultancy and banking. Joana says she’ll try anything at least once, and believes she’s on a journey to become a better self (whatever that means). She needs more free time to date her husband, walk her dog, climb, travel, meditate and sleep.
Marta Rocha is a co-founder of A MONTRA/ THE WINDOW and the main nurturer of our editorial content. After completing a Master's in International Development and having worked for a Portuguese NGO operating in Africa and Brazil, she decided to shake things up and make a big move. Marta now lives in the big city of London and works as a Development Officer at RESULTS UK, a charity that influences political decisions that will bring an end to extreme poverty. She is committed to an eco-conscious lifestyle and is driven by the values of sustainable development, social justice and harmony with all living beings. In her free time, you can find her practicing vinyasa yoga, watching movies or gazing at pictures of white sharks, her favorite animal.
Matilde is a co-founder of A MONTRA / THE WINDOW and her job is to activate our network – she is a fierce advocate of sharing and cooperation as changing tools and that is why she is our activation expert. Matilde has a Masters in Social and Solidarity Economy and during that process she reinsured her feeling that there are fairer ways to build the future. She has been living in Lisbon since ever, having briefly lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is in love with the world – the part she has already known and what is still left for her to discover. She had classes of almost every dancing genre, but she feels like she has never learned any of it. She is happy dancing on her own way.
Rita is a co-founder of A MONTRA / THE WINDOW and responsible for the teams’ much needed reality-checks. She made her first life-changing decision at 26, by quitting her job to manage this project. Proudly born and raised in the suburbs of Lisbon, and an expert in corporate social responsibility, Rita has been working in big companies and small consultancy firms since she left college in 2010. Passionate about theatre since she was five, spends most of her spare time acting, producing or rehearsing plays. Even though she doesn't like sports and considers herself a fast-food-kind-of-girl, she’s making an effort on getting healthier.
Teresa is a freelance photographer from Leiria. She has been living in Lisbon for seven years now, where she got her Bachelor in History, a postgraduated degree in Visual Cultures and recently a degree on Professional Photography at IPF (Portuguese Institute of Photography). She can’t remember the moment she grasped her passion for photography, but she remembers it being her grandpa’s hobby, so one could guess she got caught in it through him. Passionate about a cinema, music and nature, Teresa is currently an intern at the Portuguse newspapers "Jornal I / Semanário Sol". Perhaps her dream of becoming a photojournalist who travels the world, meets new people and enjoys different cultures will come true. Who knows?!
Carolina has curly hair and a loud laugh. She's an athlete since she can remember and nowadays she is more of a ‘do it for the pleasure’ kind of sports player. You can find her swimming, riding bikes, surfing waves, running to clear her very busy mind, rock climbing and arranging playdates with other sporty friends. According to her diploma, Carolina is a psychologist. She is currently working in an indoor climbing center as an instructor and ‘handywoman’. Always searching for truth, spontaneity and justice, she insists on orange juice when life gives her some lemons. Carolina recently found the love of her life: her little sister, Ana Sofia.
Ricardo has a bachelor in Finance and Accounting and is currently working towards getting his masters in accounting. A man of numbers he had his sights set on the typical path as an accountant. But because of the influence of his (much more free spirit) sister he ended up here. His scarce free time is balanced between finishing his studies, volunteering at different places and being a boy scout (which he will deny when asked about).
At the age of 23, Ana Juma left her 9-to-5 corporate job and her beloved Lisbon to move to Kuala Lumpur to pursue her interest in online marketing and personal growth. Today, she watches over Mindvalley’s Social Media community of 3 million students and makes sure their message is shared and spread to hit their mission of changing 1 billion lives through personal transformation. When not scouring through Instagram, she spends time exploring her passions for travelling, (healthy) cooking, yoga, photography and interior design.
Ana Martins is only 19 years old and she is an Occupational Therapy student. She truly lives to help others and that's what she wants to do throughout her entire life. She was born near and has always lived near Lisbon and really wants to discover the world. Ana loves playing theater and contemporary dance - she always says she feels at home when she is on stage. She fights for equality, inclusion and loves what she is studying, as for one day she can make a difference in the daily lives of those in need.
Ana is a 27 years old lawyer. She was born in Chaves – in the northeast of Portugal –, and studied in Coimbra. Currently she is working, studying and living in Lisbon. The idea of thinking herself as an “enfant terrible” since her teenage years amuses her, as she has always enjoyed breaking all the social conventions even though she’s a product of this society. Ana is a feminist, an activist for the human rights and very curious about everything that as to do with sexuality and pair-bonding.
Andrea is a PhD in Sociology and Social and Cultural Anthropology. She wrote a thesis about gender identity, functional diversity (disability), body and sexuality. Andrea's research is closely linked to the activism initiaves she stands by: she is part of the feminist movement and independent living movement. This intellectual and political commitment has led her to collaborate with the documentary project "Yes, we fuck!" which seeks to break down stereotypes about the sexuality of people with functional diversity, showing that they are desiring and desirable!
Bachelor and Master of Education Sciences, Ângela has been making crochet since ever and discovered tricot in adulthood. Since she began making it, it has become her biggest addiction and her full-time occupation. In 2014, she created her brand Pontos & Voltas, and started teaching tricot workshops. Ângela wants to know more about the history of this technique and the origin of the fibers used to create her pieces. Her long-term goal is not to need to buy wool, but to produce it herself. It was in this sense that she created, in 2015, with a friend, the project com malhas portuguesas nas mãos, intended to study the process of producing wool from the sheep to the yarn, and to defend and apply the use of natural Portuguese fibers of artisanal production. She is a volunteer teacher at the Senior University of Marinha Grande. On her free time she practices yoga and takes care of her balcony garden. She loves wildflowers, as well as other simple things in life.
Catarina discovered the camera when she was still a child - remember that time when cameras were disposable and you needed rolls? For several years her skinned knees and playing on the beach made her forget about that. Adolescence brought her back to her passion and college was her time to rediscover it and add some video skills. Catarina worked as an audiovisual's department manager in a marketing agency, as a Communication Project Manager in a company and, of course, as a Photographer in a magazine. She works as a freelancer now - she photographs weddings, baptisms, and all sorts of events, working with organizations, companies, magazines and colleges. Catarina loves food (photographing food is almost as good as tasting it!), hearing older people's stories and she is a strong supporter of the right moment.
Born in the late 80's, this Lisbon-based has always been somewhat interested in fashion. As a kid, she used to pretend to be supermodel Claudia Schiffer on the runway. Although her runway skills were quite impressive, she couldn't fool no one with that dark-brown hair of hers. By her teenage days, she started collecting fashion magazine. That led to a degree in journalism, followed by an internship at a fashion magazine and short course at London College of Fashion. C. Santos Reis will be here twice a month writing about FOUR THINGS that excite her and ultimately meet our vision at A MONTRA / THE WINDOW.
Christina is half Danish half Portuguese and has lived, studied and worked in both countries. With an undergrad in Anthropology and a MA in International Journalism, Christina’s biggest ambition is to work on children’s radio and television. So far, she’s doing all right at the only Portuguese online radio for children. Want to know what it sounds like? You can hear her here: https://goo.gl/sQFc2x Christina is currently living in Lisbon with her better half and their dog, Captain Fantastic. In her free time she likes to read children’s books - hey, no judging! That’s where she gets her inspiration from - run and exploring the city. Her idols are Pippi Longstocking, Cirkeline and Mary Poppins.
Cláudia is a hyperactive, who has too many passions at the same time. She is into minimalism and believes that simplifying all matters in life is the key to achieve happiness. Professionally she is a holistic nutrition health coach and a plant-based chef. Her work is the perfect excuse to be surrounded by inspiring people and delicious meals. She is a proud girl boss, focused on following her dreams.
Egle is a 30 years old Lithuanian. She has a Law and Human Resource Management Master’s degrees. She loves traveling the world, meditation, reading, cycling, hiking and most of all coaching. 3 years ago she left Lithuania with the intention to travel the world so arrived in London. Funny enough, she found the entire world is there and she also found her coaching practice. She was always fascinated by how the world and the universe work. Her articles will range from consciousness, energy, creativity, spirituality to neuroscience: a manifestation of a life-long research towards the understanding that we are here to learn. Hopefully, she will inspire you to grow and become the best version of yourself.
Elsa Poderosa was created somewhere in November 2015. She was born of the belief of her power to make people dream.
Elza Cordeiro is the name of our blogger. You know that friend that won’t shut up? Well, Elza was born to “talk nineteen to the dozen”! She has a degree in Journalism and since she was young she realized she was made to communicate. She has worked as a radio animator, a content producer for television and she is the main author of the bog “E se eu pedir com jeitinho?”. Elza loves happy healthy and biological cuisine and she is a fierce advocate of a life full of sun – she believes you can only find this kind of life when you find your inner balance. She is from the South and a typical “alentejana” girl (a very Portuguese kind of girl). Elza dreams of having a dog named after “Maria Francisca” (yes, that’s a girl!) and finding the perfect slimming cake recipe.
Ema Jackson is a social justice campaigner living in London. Currently Campaign Manager at the Global Campaign For Education, she is fired up about all sorts of things including education, global justice, feminism & worker’s rights. After growing up in Northern England she moved to London to study BSc Development Economics at SOAS, and has since also completed a MSc in Development Studies. She is getting pretty fed up with profit and growth being prioritised ahead of people and unity all across the world, and feels campaigning together is the only way to create the long lasting progressive change we need. She wants to play her part in this and do what she can and will be documenting her attempts through a MW blog series Campaign For Change.
Filipa is country editor for an online magazine – and has also worked as project manager for a NGO and as freelance translator for different projects. With a background in International Relations, Filipa has lived in Azeitão (small village in the Portuguese countryside), Lisbon, Ljubljana and Brussels and has travelled to almost 35 countries (she's not yet 30, almost but not yet). Has recently discovered the positive impact of regular physical activity and is progressively committing to a healthy, mostly organic, diet as she believes in the motto 'we are what we eat'. Loves the cooler months of the year and the smell of freshly baked cakes –and is dreaming of living again in the countryside.
Graça Rocha Simões is a professor of Communication Sciences at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, since 1986. With a degree in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences, she soon became passionate about Science, Technology and Communication. For some years, she left the Academia to help with the development of national science policies, including policies for the Information Society in Portugal. Graça is secretly passionate about understanding the relation between natural/artificial, human/non-human, human/computers.
Inês decided to be flight attendant because of her passion for traveling. She’s already flown all over the world and has had the opportunity to get to know different cultures, ideas, thoughts, religions, landscapes and gastronomies. She realized though there is a huge imbalance between countires and continents. Inês is currently working for Única|Mixing Cultures, an NGO that promotes socio-cultural development in Guinea-Bissau, directly supporting several kindergartens in Bissau. It’s in the eyes of children that she sees hope for the future. Two years ago, she started implementing meditation in her daily routine and experienced what could be called a true transformation. She now believes in the immensity of the universe and in the energy that builds everything and everyone, and in the deep connection between both. She believes in karma and in the intention behind good. Inês has a real appreciation for the power of the mind and the influence it has in our reality, all around us. She found a meaning in Holism (from the greek Holos) which signifies “entire” and “whole” and has been working in holistic therapies. Yoga and healthy food are a part of her day-to-day. She values friendship, love, respect and compassion. Admires nature and everything it provides. She lives near the sea and that, for her, is happiness!
Inês moved to Lisbon in 2011 to become a lawyer. She started writing very early in life, highly influenced by her late grandmother and role model, Isabel. Law school has taken most of her time during these years. Although she likes what she does it doesn’t defines her or sums up her whole life, not now nor ever. She wants to write, travel, meet people and have a family. She is whiling to accept everything coming her way, with open arms, curiosity and, hopefully, the courage to embrace it all.
Irene Babille is a passionate romantic and egalistarian. Her drive and utter love for human beings are what motivated her to dive into the fields of development and conflict after her bachelors in English Literature. In an attempt to contribute to a world with less strife, suffering and injustice, after several experiences with non-overnmental organizations and a masters in development, she joined the United Nations three years ago and is currently working in Jordan as part of the response to the Syria crisis. She lives with her cat, Milka – with whom she shares an infatuation with sleeping and eating – in Amman; does yoga on weekends and is an avid runner and reader in her spare time.
Joana has created our logo and design concept. Since college, she has been working in video, cinema and performance art. In 2011, she helped to create Rabbit Hole, a cultural association and creative platform with different artistic facets, which has as its main goal the creation of a space for the showcasing and promotion of expressive freedom and queer identities. After finishing her masters in Documentary filmmaking, she became part of the programme coordination at Doclisboa - International Film Festival. Her master thesis film, Bétail, was screened and awarded in several international film festivals. Having lived in several european cities, Joana developed a big network of friends with whom she participates and creates various projects. Joana loves puppies, the dark side of the internet, techno and second-hand jackets.
João Pedro is a typical Azorean born in 1980 - part of the so-called Nestum Generation". He grew up in the Terceira Island and was raised by the good manners of mistrusting all not-insular people. Even so João Pedro decided to study in continental Portugal, where he graduated in Geography at Coimbra's University. He is convinced there are many more wonderful places in the world to know, so he tries to combine the quiet life of the islet where he works as a geographic information systems expert with travelling, writting and photographing people and new places.
Leonor is a clinical psychologist who lives as a typical fulltime callcenter worker, which by the way she is. When she is not on the phone trying to answer the oddest requests from costumers, she tries to revive her almost dead blog in which she writes about sex. She is a traveller in spirit but she will always be in love with Lisbon. As a proud procrastinator, Leonor hopes to find here the motivation she needs to think and write about sex and people. Well, when she's not working - there are callcenters for that, but it's not her case!
After co-owning a communications and design company focusing on the surf industry, working as a graphic designer, a consultant for an art gallery, a brand consultant for several surf brands and brand manager for one of Europe's largest and most recognised surfboard manufacturer - Polen Surfboards - Luis has left it all and finally has the time to catch the morning swells. With a long standing passion for jazz music, he is currently studying at the prestigious Hot Club in Lisbon and living the high life: surfing in the mornings, playing music in the afternoons and nights. With a passion for drawing, he is also part of the international artists collective LA's Division with artwork exhibited internationally.
After two and a half years studying Law, Maria came to the conclusion that it was not for her because something was always missing from her life – happiness, probably. And so she decided to follow what she truly loves. Based in Lisbon, she's now a Photography and Music student, and one day she hopes to work in both areas. She has yet to find her photography style, and while she's figuring that out she searches inspiration especially in books, movies and music.
Maria Joana was named after her great-grandmother, which means that long before she was born her name had already been decided. Being the daughter of jurists she felt the need to distance herself from the world she was raised in: she decided to study anthropology. Her academic background allowed her to question her surroundings and herself. Cooking was a different matter, it gradually grew inside her from an early age. Her grandmother raised her between pans and dishes, but it was only at the age of 21 that she got to start cooking for herself and since then she never stopped. During her studies and because of her love for Isabel Allende’s books she took one year completing an Mphil in Latin American studies at Cambridge. It seems it was not her destiny to travel to Chile for her fieldwork , so she changed her PhD research interest to immigration and mental health, working with an institution in a social housing project in the surroundings of Lisbon. At the moment, she’s between the finalization of her PhD thesis and an increasing taste for cooking (especially vegetarian and healthy food) and physical exercise. It’s in these ramblings and apparent disconnected themes that she gets to reflect and write about the impact she wants to leave on this planet when she writes for her blogue Limited Edition.
Mariana is passionated about dance, yoga and behavioral sciences. She is a psychologist and her interests in this area are complete mental health promotion, personal development, biopsychosocial models, constructivist and compassion approaches. Professionally, she has a MSc at Educational, Developmental and Counselling Psychology, with training in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (classical and third wave) and she is finishing her specialization degree as Psychotherapist by the Portuguese Society of Constructivist Psychotherapy. She works at the Gabinete de Psicologia, Centro de Reabilitação de Coimbra and she collaborates as researcher at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences Coimbra University.
Mariana works in Change Management in a big telecom company. Defying the status quo and working with different people are her favorite parts of the job. She is always looking for the latest trends and is passionate about Innovation, Digital and Customer Experience. Mariana (or Mimi, as friends call her) lives with the love of her life Nuno, who helps her staying true to her philosophy: Being grateful every day, spending quality time with friends every week, readin a powerful book every month and making an unforgettable journey every year. She has lived in Italy and in the UK, and has travelled the world from the Galapagos Islands to backpacking through Southeast Asia. She’s now planning her next journey in South America.
Maria Rita Lino Garnel, Ph.D. in ModernHistory (FLUC). She is the author of various books and scientific articles on the history of medical elites, medical teaching in Portugal (XIXth - XXth centuries) and the Portuguese Public Health history, namely, Vítimas e Violênciasna Lisboa da I República[Victims and Violences in Lisbon during the First Republican Regime](Coimbra, 2007). She was also the scientific curator of the 2010 Lisbon exhibitionCorpo. Estado, Medicina e Sociedade no tempo da I República [Body. State, Medicine and Society during the 1st Republican Regime]. She co-edited, with João Luís Oliva, Tempo e História. Ideias e Políticas. Estudos para Fernando Catroga [Time andHistory. PoliticsandIdeas. Essays dedicated do Fernando Catroga](Coimbra, 2015).
Marisa was born in Lisbon, where she currently lives, although actually her roots are from up north. She studied Human Resources, Marketing and Management and has now found herself working at Galp Energia. After having been diagnosed with several health problems she decided to change her life for good. Inspired by the phrase “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” she change her eating and sports habits and began to devote herself to alternative therapies. She is a Reiki therapist since 2013 and also a Multidimensional and Radionics Tablic therapist.
Martim is a physicist that puts his studies to practice by working as a stunt rigger for television and cinema. That means other stunt men and women put their lives, quite literally, in his hands. He’s also a rock climber, a rock climbing instructor and a personal trainer. You could also describe him as a dog parent, a cookie eater and a family man, with a happy-go-lucky personality. He’s never in a hurry but he’s almost always late for something. He doesn’t exactly enjoy writing about weird natural phenomena for A MONTRA / THE WINDOW, because there’s a characters' limit to comply with and he really, REALLY likes to explain everything to the most absolutely (in)significant detail.
Probably as a result of a quarter-life crisis, Nick decided to quit his job, quit London, and go for an indefinite bike ride about the world. So far he has pedalled through Europe, Turkey, the Caucuses, and Central Asia to China. He is currently based in the leafy city of Chengdu, where he is saving money in order to get back on the saddle by the end of 2016. He has no idea where or when this trip will end and has grown to love the lifestyle of destination-less and self-sufficient bicycle travel. He is not a cyclist.
Paulo is a technology and innovation enthusiast. He works as a Big Data consultant during the day and spends a major part of his evenings googling and studying new technology trends to apply to his own personal projects. But life is so much more than work and his spare time is dedicated to travelling, friends and sports. Since Lisbon is his hometown, with the all the amazing waves and beaches all around it, surfing had no chance but to become a top priority!
Pedro is natural from Caldas da Rainha, but lived for seven years in Lisbon and one year in Porto. Last year he swapped from "Futebol, Fado e Fátima" to Techno, Bier and Kebabs (yes, I know, it should be currywurst, but that would be a lie), and moved to Berlin. With a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering, focused on City Planning and Environmental Impacts and five years of music blogs, he still has no clue about what he wants to do in the future. But who knows?
Pedro was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1986. Photography has always been part of his life, but it wasn't before 2007 it started to play an important role. At the age of 19 he joins Escola Superior de Comunicação Social where he graduates in Journalism. In his final year as a college student he starts to live photojournalism in a somewhat different way, and that interest remained until now. In fact, it grew. It's not only photojournalism by now, but all kinds of visual journalism. And that's how it keeps evolving. He did an internship at portuguese news agency LUSA, collaborated with newspaper O País, and is currently working as a freelance photojournalist, frequently shooting/filming for Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP). His pictures have been published in the majority of the main portuguese newspapers and some international publications.
Conscious Fashion Blogger Having been brought up in Lisbon, moved to England, and then consumed by the system of study, university, and work; I am now taking time out. By moving back to Lisbon I hope to refocus on what is important and to explore this fascinating city. With a Fashion Design degree, I have an appreciation for design and garment construction. I have worked in various sectors of the Fashion Industry; I have glimpsed into the pattern rooms, production departments, marketing developments and have assisted customers on the shop floor. I am aspiring to create a sustainable fashion brand; to make a positive difference whilst being creative. Intrigued with people's perspectives of clothing and 'fashion'. I aim to increase consumers knowledge of the impact 'fashion' has socially and environmentally; to encourage consumers to be conscious and take a sustainable approach when leading a fashionable lifestyle.
Sofia, who would like to be Sophia, is 28 years old. She lives in Lisbon, which is home and her first love, but dreams with the yellow Alentejo and the green Northern Europe. Addicted to cheese and with very limited ability to keep things short, Sophia solves everything with a nice long bath and never leaves home without a book. She loves being at home and everything that it involves and believes that the secret to being happy is (almost always) in the simplest of things.
Tatiana is a copywriter/community manager but gave up her career in Portugal to experience life in Sweden. She lives in Gothenburg with her swedish boyfriend, studies Swedish and works with animals and communication. Living in a nordic country makes her feel good about the respect for the environment and nature that they have, values that she shares. Learning is one of her passions, the other one is to create. Be it with words or other materials, she is driven by creativity. When she is not creating, she loves to read and explore nature. Practicing yoga is her way to find some peace in a chaotic world.
Tiago is a VFX artist working in the UK, originally from the student/ party city of Coimbra, Portugal. His interest in various forms of arts began at an early age and he started to develop his creative mind delving into music and later studying Architecture. His passion for Photography and Film came later on but today make up not only his professional life but pretty much his personal life to. As an amateur photographer and architecture curious being, he strolls around his surroundings looking for the best angles to appreciate and recognize a building and see it from a different perspective. By looking from an uncommon angle, he sees things most of us don’t. In his compositions he plays with geometry and symmetry while creating an awkward and distinctive approach to how we see buildings.
Tom Maguire is a documentary photographer based in Bethnal Green in East London with work published in The Guardian, The Independent, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, HUCK and GEO Germany. Tom first became interested in photography during a trip to Cape Town at the age of 16, where he later returned to live for a year. His work focuses on global issues, including a long-term project on the tuberculosis epidemic. When he's not shooting overseas, Tom enjoys swimming, surfing, buying furniture and hanging out on his rooftop decking.
Where the Music Meets is an online music magazine curated by musicaholics. The Internet is already facilitating artists communicating directly with their fans and vice versa. The only thing needed is a way to extend that fan base. Knowing that's very hard to keep a secret on the Internet, if your music is genuinely good, you will not be a secret for very long. WtMM strives for discovering new music and, thus, matching new artists to new audiences in a daily basis. Founded in February 2016, WtMM has already shared over 250 artists, half of which newcomers at the time. Now some of them are recognizable names such as Bishop Briggs, gnash, Mullaly, Rationale, RKCB and Seramic.