Strategic Designer for Social Innovation & Human Centred Governance + 
Founder & Filmmaker at Adoção Tardia

Combining my experience with human-centred design and audio-visual production, I work to promote a world with more social justice. Nowadays, I am studying Strategic Design at TU Delft and conducting research on design for policymaking and public sector innovation.

In 2015, I founded "Adoção Tardia" (Older Child Adoption), an initiative to change the discourse about adoption and how foster children are perceived in Brazil. We produce content primarily for adoption candidates, aiming to increase the number of successful older child adoptions. We also co-create new practices with adoption support groups and shelter home institutions to improve the experience and opportunities of children and adolescents that are placed in the foster care system.


Carrer journey based on personal experiences

The success of public policies and services shaped my life opportunities; for instance, it guaranteed me a substitute family and quality free education. For this reason, I am committed to helping ensure that policies and government services regenerate social inequalities and safeguard human rights in Brazil and Latin America.


Work Experience

  • 2015–Present Founder, Co-Manager and Filmmaker
    “Adoção Tardia” Older Child Adoption Project, Brazil |

    Documentary film producer (30-40 min) - expected premiere 2021/1;
    Creative director: producing, filming and editing video content;
    Facilitator of workshops and activities with Adoption Support Groups;
    Speaker of foster care children’s rights;
    Manage donor relationships and crowdfunding campaign strategies;
    Recruit/coordinate volunteers.
  • 2016–2019 Service and Visual Designer at No One, Brazil |
    Conducted field research and journey map sessions (experience with ethnographic and participatory methods);
    Planned and facilitated co-creation workshops;
    Created information visualizations of problems and opportunities;
    Conceptualized, prototyped and tested concepts;
    Presented diagnosis reports and final proposals for clients;
    Main clients: Sicredi (Credit Union), Santa Casa Hospital and Junior Achievement Brazil (NGO); Specialization: lead-designer for translating cooperative governance and values into Sicredi credit union branches.

Academic Experience

  • 2019–Present MSc in Strategic Product Design
    Delft University of Technology - TU Delft, The Netherlands
    Award: Industrial Design Engineering Faculty Scholarship
    Main Courses: Design Strategy Project, SPD Research (quantitative and qualitative methods), Social Venturing and Research (Topic: how design contributes to public policies processes facilitating the delivery of more equitable outcomes)
  • 2008–2014 Bachelor in Visual Design
    Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS, Brazil
    Graduation Project: “Adoção Tardia” Older Child Adoption Project

  • 2013 Exchange Student - Interdisciplinary Design
    Nova Scotia College of Art & Design - NSCAD, Canada 
    Award: Science Without Borders Scholarship

Presentations & Workshops

  • 2019–2020 Lecture + Workshop: Let’s Co-design | Brazil
    Presented co-design theory, best practices and facilitated workshop for Design Graduate students at UFRGS.
  • 2016–2019 Older Child Adoption Challenges | Brazil
    Presented “Adoção Tardia” content in Adoption Support Group Meetings, Adoption Events, and at the Legislative Chamber from Rio Grande do Sul state.
  • 2016–2019 Design Thinking Training | Brazil
    Facilitated Design Thinking workshops at American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil, at Universities and No One clients.
  • 2015 TEDxUFRGS Speaker | Brazil
    Presented the relevance to change how adoptive children is perceived.
    Title: “Adoção tardia: a boa notícia a se espalhar” - Older child adoption: good news to spread out.

Volunteer Experience

  • 2020–Present Champion
    United People Global |
    Contributing with my design competencies to other members’ initiatives;
    Participating in discussions about SDG’s Goals.
  • 2016–2019 Global Shaper and Vice Curator of Porto Alegre Hub
    Global Shapers Community |
    Represented Global Shapers Community in local events;
    Represented Porto Alegre Hub at World Economic Forum - Latin America
    in Argentina (2017);
  • 2009–2011 Administrative Director
    NGO Vidanova, Brazil
    Organized veterinary care calendar;
    Purchased veterinary medical supplies;
    Visited socioeconomic districts and interviewed community leaders to assess the needs in terms of animal welfare;
    Planned and conducted NGO’s volunteer’s meetings.


  • Portuguese
    Native Level
  • English
  • Spanish
  • + a little of German and French


  • 2016 1st place - Visual Identity - Student Category
    6th Bornancini Award, Brazil - Project: “Adoção Tardia” Older Child Adoption
  • 2016 Honourable Mention - Mobility - Professional Category
    6th Bornancini Award, Brazil - Project: Sivi, Charging Station for Electric Cars
  • 2015 Top Citizenship Prize - Student Category
    The Brazilian Human Resources Association sectional Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Graduation Project: “Adoção Tardia” Older Child Adoption
  • 2012 Honourable Mention - Packaging Category - Student Category
    4th Bornancini Award, Brazil - Project: Romeu & Julieta
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