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

I work in the field of design for social impact. I combine my experience with human-centred design and audio-visual production to promote a world with more social justice. Nowadays, I am studying Strategic Design at TU Delft where I am focused on design for policymaking and public sector innovation.

In 2015 I founded the Older Child Adoption Project (Projeto Adoção Tardia), an independent initiative to raise awareness about children's adoption in Brazil through video productions. The Project also co-creates new practices with adoption support groups and shelter home institutions to improve the experience of sheltered children and adolescents.


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 at “Adoção Tardia” Older Child Adoption Project, Brazil |
    Creative director: producing, filming and editing video content;
    Documentary film producer (30-40 min) - expected premiere 2021/1;
    Facilitator of workshops and activities with Adoption Support Groups;
    Speaker/advocator for sheltered children’s rights;
    Donor relationship manager and strategist of crowdfunding campaigns;
    Recruiter/motivator of volunteer network.
  • 2016–2019 Service and Visual Designer at No One, Brazil |
    Conducting user research (interviewing, ethnographic and participatory methods);
    Workshop planning and facilitation based on Design Thinking approach;
    Conducting journey map sessions;
    Creating information visualizations for reports;
    Prototyping and testing concepts;
    Presenting diagnosis reports and final proposals;
    Main clients: Sicredi (Credit Union), Santa Casa Hospital and Junior Achievement Brazil (NGO)


  • 2019–Present MSc in Strategic Product Design
    Delft University of Technology - TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • 2008–2014 Bachelor in Visual Design
    Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS, Brazil
  • 2013 Exchange Student - Interdisciplinary Design
    Nova Scotia College of Art & Design - NSCAD, Canada 
    (Science Without Borders Scholarship Program)

Presentations & Workshops

  • 2016-2019 Older Child Adoption  | Brazil
    Multiple presentations at Adoption Support Groups, Legislative Chamber at Rio Grande do Sul state.
  • 2016-2019 Design Thinking Fast Track by No One | Brazil
    Facilitator assistant of multiple workshops at American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil, universities and No One clients.
  • 2015 TEDxUFRGS Speaker | Brazil
    “Adoção Tardia: a boa notícia a se espalhar”
    Older Child Adoption: good news to spread out


  • 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


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