Meet the Team

Executive Board

Executive Director
Isabel Cancela de Abreu

Isabel is an Environmental Engineer with a Postgraduate Degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from the MIT-Portugal Program. After gaining experience at the Portuguese and European renewable energy associations, she founded ALER at the end of 2014, of which she has been Executive Director since then. In addition to managing the Association, Isabel ensures ALER's public relations, interacting with funders, partners and Members and representing ALER at national and international events.

Project Management

Financial and Administrative Manager
Afonso Mendonça

Afonso is a business manager with a master's degree in industrial management from ISEG. He has over a decade of experience managing teams and heading accounting and financial departments in the legal and solicitors' sector in Portugal. At ALER he is responsible for administrative and financial management, the preparation of the annual budget and in charge of all administrative, accounting and financial procedures.
Project Manager
Rita Marouço

Rita is a renewable energy advocate who studied Energy and Environmental Engineering.

At ALER, she works as a project manager, focusing on Angola and Mozambique, promoting renewable energy in Portuguese-speaking African countries and promoting gender equality in access to sustainable energy.
Project Manager
Pedro Clemente

Pedro is an Environmental Engineer, with a master's degree in Environmental Management and Systems, having worked as a scientific researcher and as an environmental and social impact consultant in renewable energy projects.
He is a project manager at ALER and responsible for the development and promotion of renewable energy initiatives in Portuguese-speaking African countries, specifically in São Tomé and Príncipe, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau.

Communication and Events

Events Manager
Andreia Pereira

Andreia began her professional career in journalism, passing through the press, radio and Local TV. In recent years she has worked in corporate communication and event organization.
At ALER, she is the Events Manager, and is responsible for the organisation and management of all events that take place in person, in the countries of operation, and remotely.
Communication Manager
Joana Marques Fernandes

Joana has a Master's in Communication Sciences, a postgraduate degree in Writing Arts and a degree in Portuguese and English Literature from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. With professional experience in Journalism, Communication and Press Office, at ALER she is the Communication Manager, responsible for external communication and managing ALER's Members.