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Valtencir Mendes
Project Manager , international non-profit
Barcelona, Spain
International Projects manager. PhD.

My daily work involves strategic planning, creating multi-stakeholders projects, undertaking research and managing local and international events and projects (OECD, UNESCO, IAU,...).

A natural enabler, trying to help organisations to fulfil their missions as a tool for social transformation.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Currently working as a senior manager in Catalonia’s most significant ‘think and do tank’ in the education sector. Responsible for all international projects and building the international reputation of the foundation as well as embedding knowledge from other countries in the local context.

High level of education with a European PhD in Project and Systems Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, UK. Research which focused on Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) multi-stakeholder partnerships for the achievement of the MDGs (and other UN campaigns), and the role of ICT and university management. Most recent education achievement was through ESADE, Barcelona, where I gained a Master Degree in Leadership and Social Innovation in NGOs.

My daily work involves strategic planning, creating projects, undertaking research and managing international events. I regularly design and implement management strategy and am involved in measuring projects, promoting process improvement, supporting and supervising staff and interfacing with international governmental and non-governmental partners and stakeholders.

Former Observatory Co-ordinator at the Global University Network for Innovation, a UNESCO, United Nations University and UPC joint-project.

Involved in different international projects and universities courses, have been working for non-profit organisations since 1995 and have been engaged in a number of interdisciplinary and intercultural projects in the field of education, advocacy, awareness, innovation, ICT, human and social development, and corporate social responsibility.

Key skills and expertise
• Organisational and planning skills with experience in problem solving and finding solutions to challenging situations (staff and stakeholders conflict resolution).
• Management skills and teamwork experience, on-site and online staff from multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-disciplinary environments.
• More than 10 years of experience of organising international conferences, research projects, disseminating research results and on working with the United Nations system and other international organisations where I learned a set of transferable skills.
• Effective networker and communicator, fluent in Portuguese, Catalan, English and Spanish (understanding of French and Italian), with relevant policy actors network worldwide. Ability to communicate efficiently with high-level stakeholders, staff and educational community.
• Team player with interpersonal skills, experience and ability to take effective decisions in line with the organisation’s Director strategic priorities.
• Design of research projects on key global and local challenges (also adapted for public and private fundraising).
• Flexible and resourceful – can carry out many different responsibilities, sometimes with very little advanced notice.
• Social network, social/cultural cyberactivism, Web 2.0 skill
PhD in Project and Systems Engineering by the Technical University of Catalonia in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, UK (European Doctorate mention)- 2012.

ESADE, Master's Degree in Organisational Leadership, Barcelona, Spain — 2015
Leadership, Management and Social Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations

UNIFIL– Philadelphia University Center, Londrina, Brazil — 1993
Advanced Degree in Technology and Management.

Harvard Graduate School of Education. Cambridge, USA — 2016
"Building Blocks for 21st Century Learning Systems".
International Symposium by invitation (GELP, NCEE, HGSE).

TeamLabs, Barcelona — 2016
Course in Design Thinking methodologies.

NIDOS – Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland.
Business - Sharing Value? Scottish business and international development seminar, 2011.

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK:
Course ‘When Power Emerges… Dilemmas of practice in ommunity research, intervention, and theorising’, 2010.

IBEI - Barcelona Inter-university Institute of International Studies:
Theory and Policy in International Relations, Prof. Stephen Walt (Harvard University), 2008.

College of Political Scientists and Sociologists of Catalonia: DELPHI methodology course, 2008.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Cum Laude PhD and European Doctorate mention (in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, UK).

Diversitas Institut (Diversity, Gender and Stop Homophobia campaigns) — 2014-2016.
Volunteer and member of the Advisory Council of this social cooperative working with the Council of Barcelona and other local and national governments, schools, HEIs in Spain and Finland.

IAESTE - International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience.

Papers presented in conferences and journals in different countries. Main organisers: HEIs, universities associations, United Nations Volunteers, United Nations Development Program, UNESCO, Harvard Graduate School of Education, World Education Forum 2015, etc.

Available for:
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan
    Brazil , Spain
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