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Quental e Melo

Executive Board

Territorial Engineer


Ana Leite



Brandão de Melo

Executive Board


Catarina Lopes

Environmental Engineer


Lucien Le Page

Executive Board



Joana Lima

Territorial Engineer

Inês Quental e Melo | Executive Board | Territorial Engineer


Inês Melo holds a BSc and a MSc in Territorial Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon (IST-UL). With a solid background in landscape planning and management, Inês was involved in the development of forest fire management systems at the School of Agriculture (ISA) and the Tropical Research Institute (IICT). Due to her strong organizational skills, problem-solving and critical thinking, Inês became Director of RSeT after joining in 2014 as Project Manager of activities that required engagement with multiple stakeholders in the agricultural and conservation planning sector of Guinea-Bissau. Since 2016, as the Director of RSeT, Inês has been involved in the planning, implementation and management of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in tropical countries, with a focus on forestry and agriculture. Inês has continuously strived to expand her practical knowledge of nature-based solutions for climate change resilience and biodiversity conservation by participating in outreach events and contacting several national and international stakeholders.

Project manager of RSeT since 2014 and Director since 2016.

Joana Brandão de Melo | Executive Board | Forester


Portuguese forester with working experience in tropical forests of Southern Africa (Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique) and South America (Brazil). PhD student at the School of Geography, University of Leeds (UK). Focus in tropical forests, tree diversity and carbon dynamics in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Attended COP19 as part of the delegation of Guinea-Bissau, and COP 21 in the Tropical Forest Group ( Observer delegation.


Director and project manager of RSeT since 2011.

Yannick Lucien Le Page | Executive Board | Agronomist


Engineer and researcher in environmental sciences. 10 years experience in academic research (Portugal, U.S.A.) focusing in wildfire dynamics, land use change, and integrated assessment modeling. Now fully committed to applied projects for sustainable livelihoods, including 1/ Fire prevention strategies in Portugal, and 2/ Agricultural practices in sub-Saharan Africa.


Project manager of RSeT since 2016 and Director since 2017.

Ana Leite | Biologist


Ana Leite graduated from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) with a BSc in Biology and from the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO-InBIO Associate Laboratory) with a MSc in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution. Through her academic experience, she has obtained a multidisciplinary understanding of biological sciences, with an emphasis on tropical ecological systems. As a Project Developer in RSeT, Ana leads the development of field data collection protocols in Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe for the assessment and monitoring of carbon, biodiversity and ecosystem services under REDD+ projects. In addition, Ana has been actively involved in the study of scientific and technical reports, and NGO fundraising.


Consultant at RSeT since 2016.

Catarina Lopes | Environmental Engineer


Catarina Lopes is a Project Developer in RSeT with expertise in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in landscape planning for forest conservation. Catarina holds a BSc in Sciences and Environmental Engineering and a MSc in Environmental Systems Engineering from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the New University of Lisbon (FCT-UNL). At RSeT she oversees the highly technical aspects of Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) monitoring, while also using her interpersonal and language skills in user-oriented capacity building events to communicate the many and complex details of spatial analysis to RSeT partner stakeholders and field collaborators in Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe and Cape Verde.


Consultant at RSeT since 2017.

Joana Lima | Territorial Engineer


Portuguese Territorial Engineer with experience in sustainability strategies through critical factors based on: stakeholder mapping and engagement, assessment methodology, strategic fit analysis and analysis of macro trends and international uncertainties. Expertise in SEA and SESA methodologies, design deployment system methodology, risk assessment of strategic options and development of monitoring and follow-up guidelines.

Currently developing the PhD thesis on strategic sustainable management through critical factors for corporate sustainable development, in Engineering and Management Program at Instituto Superior Técnico.


Invited consultant of RSeT since 2015

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