Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program Staff

Lori Spears print   Lori D. Spears
Associate Director, ICTI@CMU

Carnegie Mellon University
Hamburg Hall Room 2504A
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-268-1494
spears@andrew.cmu.edu

Lori Spears relocated to Pittsburgh in 2004 to continue her career in fundraising with Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to her current position with ICTI, Spears was a major gift officer in Individual Giving with Carnegie Mellon’s University Advancement. As a ten-year fundraising veteran, she also served as the assistant vice president for Major and Planned Gifts, and as director of Planned Giving at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. While managing the fundraising unit at Claflin, the university was engaged in a $20 million capital campaign, the largest in the institution’s history. The university exceeded the initial goal by $10 million.

Spears holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, a Master of Arts in Institutional Media Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC.
 
Sara Brandão ICTI Portugal  Sara Brandão
Executive Director, ICTI@Portugal

Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
Office in Portugal
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Phone: (+351) 222 094 067
sbrandao@cmuportugal.org  

Before joining Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, Sara Brandão worked at University of Cambridge, UK. During those four years she was the business manager of the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies at the University of Cambridge. CARET operates a complex mix of internally funded services, research council and HEFCE funded research projects, internal and external trading projects. Sara was responsible for developing, implementing and supporting a detailed project management and management accounting reporting system to track over 100 projects a year. Between 1997 and 2007 she worked at Grupo Crumar, a small Portuguese industry that has as core business the conception, design and commercialization of bathroom and kitchen taps and fittings. During this time Sara Brandão worked alongside with the board members. She assumed several roles over the years at Crumar, such as Management Controller, Export Director, Investment Projects’ coordinator, IT’s department coordinator and Business consultant.

Sara Brandão holds a higher degree in Business Administration, by Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto and an Executive Master in Audit and Management Control by Católica Porto Business School.

Ana Moura 2  Ana Moura
Head of Communications and Events, ICTI@Portugal

Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
Office in Portugal
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Phone: (+351) 222 094 065
amoura@cmuportugal.org

Ana Moura has six years of experience in communication, both as a journalist and as a communication manager. She worked as a journalist and editor at Rádio Clube and M80 for more than two years and has also experience on television media like TVI and Localvisão. Before arriving to CMU Portugal, she joined a research centre where she created and developed its communication department, including social media and an international PhD dissemination. The unit was more than 700 times on the news in less than three years.
Ana is also a proud Alumna from the University of Porto: she has a Degree in Communication Sciences and a Master in History, International Relations and Cooperation with a specialization on media and international affairs.

Sofia Sá  Sofia Sá
Communications Support, ICTI@Portugal

Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
Office in Portugal
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Phone: (+351) 222 094 065
ssa@cmuportugal.org

Before joining the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, Sofia Sá worked at Indeve, a business development company. She was responsible for all the communication activities: defining and implementing communication and marketing strategies, and managing and developing several communication tools, including social media, blog, newsletter, website, event planning, and PR. In 2012, she moved to Cardiff (Wales) where she worked at WorkStrong (Occupational Musculoskeletal Service Providers) as a Sales and Marketing Coordinator.
She has a degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Porto, where she specialized in Public Relations. She then furthered her studies at the Communication School of Rio de Janeiro Federal University. In October 2012, she completed a post-graduate diploma in Business Communication at Porto Business School.
While working with CMU Portugal, Sofia Sá also collaborates with the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC), where she is part of the Communication Service.
Sofia is passionate about books, especially classics and crime novels, and about travelling around the world, collecting adventures and stories.

/uploadedImages/people/staff/myphoto.jpeg  Ben Walfish
Senior Administrative Coordinator, ICTI@CMU
Carnegie Mellon University
Hamburg Hall Room 2504
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-268-5344 
bwalfish@andrew.cmu.edu  

Ben Walfish, Senior Administrative Coordinator, has been with the Information and Communication Technologies Institute since October 2010. Before joining ICTI, Ben worked as a Facilities Assistant with Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He has also worked in a Production Planning Co-op with Johnson & Johnson, as well as participated in initiatives to reduce obesity in Allegheny County and to foster retail development in Pittsburgh's Northside area. He received his B.S. in Policy and Management (’10) from CMU, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and his M.S. in Public Policy and Management ('15) from CMU's Heinz College.

2014 Ana Lopes  Ana Isabel Lopes
Events and Students Support, ICTI@Portugal
Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
Office in Portugal
Rua. Prof. Dr. Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Phone: (+351) 222 094 094
alopes@cmuportugal.org

Ana Lopes has been with the CMU Portugal Program team since the summer of 2014. Before joining the Program, Ana worked as assistant of UTEN Portugal Program (University Technology Enterprise Network) for over a year. During this period, she was involved in all the activities related with event planning and management, as well as administrative support, working closely with its scientific director. Prior to her work in the UTEN Portugal, Ana did an internship in a communication agency in Porto, where she helped to develop communication strategies and to organize brand awareness events.

Ana Lopes holds a master’s degree in Communication Sciences, with a specialization in Public Relations and Advertisement, from Universidade do Minho. She is a passionate about performing arts, having studied professional theatre.   

/uploadedImages/people/staff/Carolina Carvalho.1.JPG  Carolina Carvalho
Communications and Administrative Support, ICTI@Portugal
Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
Office in Portugal
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Phone: (+351) 222 094 019
ccarvalho@cmuportugal.org  

Carolina Carvalho holds a Master Degree in Communication Science by the Instituto de Ciências Sociais of the Universidade do Minho.
For four and a half years, Carolina worked as the administrative manager of the Erasmus Mundus Eurheo Master Course, a project funded by the European Commission’s Education Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency, based at the University of Minho. As part of an international team, she was responsible for the administrative and financial management of the course. Carolina worked closely with student and teacher scholarship holders, from the application stage throughout their participation, coordinating a complex mobility scheme that involved six Universities and five countries.
Carolina Carvalho joined the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program with the ICTI@Portugal Office in May 2013, where she focuses on the website content while also providing administrative support to the program.

Vera Pinto3  Vera Pinto
Administrative Support, ICTI@Portugal
Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
Office in Portugal
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Phone: (+351) 222 094 067
vpinto@cmuportugal.org  

Vera Pinto holds a higher degree in Management Secretariat, by ISCAP - Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração do Porto.
Before joining Carnegie Mellon Portugal she worked as a secretary and administrative at a construction company, and was the responsible for the administrative and financial management, a project marked by multifaceted and versatile performance, which took place during a period of 12 years.
In addition to other professional experiences as a secretary and administrative in companies with other branches of activity, Vera Pinto worked as Assistant Buyer, which allowed her to be in contact with various markets at international level.
Vera Pinto loves to travel and see the world from different perspectives, and is a passionate about crafts, which is just one more way to express ourselves.