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The Ambassadors

Who will be with you


If you got to this page it means that you care about who will be by your side along the way. We do too. Our Ambassadors will stand by you. They are your sidekicks. They will guide you through your path to level up.

Welcome
to the fam

Your Ambassadors embody your core-values.
Your empathy. Your resilience. Your strength.
Your energy. They bring KWAN to life.
They are your true colours.
Watch your sidekicks shine.

  • Ana Belo

    Ana Belo
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Ana (a.k.a. Belinha) takes her summer seriously. Her photosynthesis is more than a hobby, its a lifestyle. She speaks faster than she thinks but has the biggest heart. Traveling is her greatest passion so, sadly, she suffers from severe post-vacay-depression. Her bad morning temper rivals DEFCON 1.
  • Andreia Gonçalves

    Andreia Gonçalves
    Ambassador of KWAN
    This smartie studied Engineering before turning to HR Management! Easy on the tears, easy on the laughter too! Andreia (a.k.a. PJ’s) had a month long sleepover at São Tomé as a volunteer. She has a crazy pup called Rocky (he can’t tell but sometimes her Vila Real blood takes over her accent).
  • Beatriz Marques

    Beatriz Marques
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Turns out the cookie monster is actually super #cute. Chocolate chips or hazelnut filling is the way to this glow girl’s heart. Beatriz is devoted to Queen Bey, and loves anything that shines almost equally. She cries easily, but then again, #cookies. She is always early for everything except if she finds a fluffy pet to pet. Kawaii!
  • Catarina Horta

    Catarina Horta
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Catarina is veggie foodie supreme. She checks all the boxes: sustainable and environmentalist; she totally gave up sardines during Santos Populares (major bonus points here!); she’s a The Fork power user; loves eating out; AND makes her own (strong) liqueurs. South East Asia and kitty Baltazar are her other passions.
  • Diogo Silva

    Diogo Silva
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Diogo takes Carpe Diem seriously. His heart and personality are as big as his outrageous dogs, Goofy and Buddha. Being selfish is a challenge to him. He’s quite a wine connoisseur - and enjoys drinking it too! One day he’ll have his own travel-inspired restaurant. Stay tuned, this dreamer is gonna make it big time.
  • Duarte Fernandes

    Duarte Fernandes
    Co-Founder & Executive Partner
    Duarte might seem like a tough guy but he is a soft heart. This kind giant spends his free time doing sports, reading, writing and playing with his dogs Júlio and Lola. He has a dynamic and extroverted personality and peaks when his team grows stronger. Wanna see him smile? “Results” is his magic word.
  • Hélder Pinto

    Hélder Pinto
    Ambassador of KWAN
    This early bird is in love with his town, Braga, home of the team that stole his heart, Sporting Clube de Braga. Hélder is a clean freak, and his desk proves it! Gym and reading time are a must, Dale Carnegie is his recommendation. He’ll make the world a better place one step at a time.
  • Inês Frade

    Inês Frade
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Inês loves travelling, but suffers from vertigo...so she’s actually really brave every time she jumps on a plane. Her dream is to backpack across South America. She loves to read at the beach during sunset, but like also totally adores like 00’s pop music. #GuiltyPleasure Oh, and corgis are the best. Their butts, too!
  • Inês Marques

    Inês Marques
    Ambassador of KWAN
    This natural ginger is the oldest of 3 siblings. Inês loves the beach and has bikinis for dayyyys. She lived in São Tomé where she volunteered as a teacher. She graduated in Social and Organisational Psychology and could live off a good bowl of caldo verde. #kale
  • João Madaleno

    João Madaleno
    Ambassador of KWAN
    João does it all. He’s the Tesla of sports, no AAA batteries here: swimming, football, karaté, krav maga, parkour and free running - this explains all his weird bruises! He dreams of travelling to discover different cultures: Egypt, Afghanistan, India, Japan, China. Besides lists, he loves Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and a lot of food!
  • João Mauritti

    João Mauritti
    Outsourcing Branch Manager
    For this wine afficionado “that special bottle” can cost a few miles. Worth it, since beach, travelling and a cold one make João’s summer. Personal Development is shining light on most of his life right now. - But beware: he still knows how to get out of handcuffs. (If you hear a click, it was his jaw).
  • Jorge Becho

    Jorge Becho
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Jorge is a Potterhead. He also identifies as a top level nerd. He does it all, ladies: Lord of the Rings, Marvel and DC. He also founded his gaming team: Scalabis Squad. (You’ll eat dust in Rocket League). Special skills include being colour-blind and having yellow as his favourite colour.
  • Luís Reis

    Luís Reis
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Luís is an explorer. Backpacking has taken him far and high. He has been to 3600 metres in the Alps and is now preparing a journey to Kilimanjaro at 7000 metres. He has met people from over 30 different countries and can speak 4 different languages. If you’re still counting you better go to his next BBQ.
  • Marcelo Catita

    Marcelo Catita
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Marcelo doesn’t discriminate food, he loves all kinds of gastronomy. His second favourite thing is travelling. He won’t miss a single Premier League game and misses summer all winter long. He’ll gladly join you for a drink and most probably smile so hard his cheeks ache. It’s a gift!
  • Patrícia Pereira

    Patrícia Pereira
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Patrícia loves veggies but isn’t veggie. Her mornings start with a piece of chocolate. Exercising isn’t her favourite activity, she prefers a good glass of red or white Papa Figos. She has two naughty beagles, Spike and Puca; and just adopted Gaspar, an elderly rottweiler. They’re living happy and lazy ever after.
  • Ricardo Veiga

    Ricardo Veiga
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Redhead here is an Apple boy with a soft spot for an offline book and glass of wine. Ricardo loves his city and loves his accent, he lives and breathes Porto. He loves travelling and longs for Eastern Europe - well, he’s a history nerd, so it makes sense. Wanna twist his brain? Find a history fact he *doesn’t* know.
  • Rita Alves

    Rita Alves
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Rita has a serious speech impediment. She can’t pronounce “tápárware”. Oops, there it goes again. Milk chocolate with hazelnuts is her currency of choice but family and friends are worth much more. She #cantdeal with cute puppies. It’s rude not to pet them, right? Her goal in life is to have a pair of glasses for each occasion.
  • Rita Santos

    Rita Santos
    Ambassador of KWAN
    Rita loves food. Cooking it, and eating it too! She has a published book about working conditions. Camboja is on her bucket list for spiritual wellness. Her motto is gratitude above everything else. She is annoyingly cheerful in the morning. But don't put her on a pedestal, she's afraid of heights.
  • Rui Alves

    Rui Alves
    Founder & CEO
    His university friends call him Max. Pi, his sidekick, calls him Dad. Rui breathes Software Development and eats (keto) Company Culture for breakfast. He never gets enough of Austin, Texas and is super into NLP and Personal Development. Find him at Praia do Alemão, his favourite beach in the whole world.

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A hug from Sweden

In November 2016, Alexandre Rodrigues sent us a photo of his RUPEAL Group mug all the way from Stockholm:

“A hug from someone who won’t forget who always showed appreciation and treated me well!”

Christmas Dinner 2018

Our 2018 Christmas dinner was super cosy. Ugly Christmas sweaters included. The motto was “Get Cosy and Share More” and it made total sense.


The 2018 Summer Sessions was awesome!

We played bubble football, watched our national team play, had a few drinks, dinner and lots of music and dancing! And we can’t forget all the late night swims in the pool! We can’t wait for the next Summer Sessions!