João holds a PhD in Computer Vision and Robotics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, and a Computer Science and Engineering Masters’ Degree from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon. Based on 20 years of experience in consultancy, in 2018 João created C-NAPSE, a company applying deep technological knowledge and strategic acumen to foster innovation and drive growth in multiple domains. Active work includes roles as Product Owner at Aptoide and Consultant at Lisbon City Council while maintaining an active involvement in academia, teaching in Computer Science. While a researcher at CEPCEP – UCP, João provides digital and analytical input collaborating in multiple projects including Mapping Digital Inclusion across Europe and Web Accessibility for People with Cognitive Disabilities.
Ashley is currently in her first year of a PhD in International Studies at ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. She holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, both from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Ashley has been an educator for nearly a decade in several different capacities: teaching English as a foreign language to kindergarten through high school students in South Korea, a graduate research assistant leading university action research teams, and an administrative assistant for a university first year seminar program. She is passionate about education, dialogue, and social progress. Ashley recently joined the C-NAPSE team as an Assistant Consultant with dynamic skills and interdisciplinary experiences to guide her.