João José Fernandes

João José Fernandes holds a degree in Theology and Humanities (1996), and completed the doctorate course in “Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies” in September 2010, having attended the Universidade de Lisboa, the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.

He has been Executive Director of Oikos – Cooperation and Development (NGDO) since October 2004. Between 1994 and 2004 he was responsible for managing the projects and programmes of this non-governmental organisation in countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Bolivia, Peru, Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, first as Desk Officer and later as Director of Projects.

Between 1990 and 1994, he was a volunteer for the NGDO “Leigos para o Desenvolvimento” (Laymen for Development), first in S. Tomé and Príncipe (1990-91), later securing the Lisbon office.

Between 2002 and 2007, with the support of the Fundação Avina, João José Fernandes was actively linked to issues related to strengthening third sector organisations and the promotion of corporate social responsibility, particularly in Portugal and Latin America.