Alda Matias

Professional Title: Director of the External Funding Affairs Unit
Industry: Charity
Currently with: Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
Previously with: Institute of Employment and Professional Training (IEFP)
THNK Connection: Creative Leadership Program



Alda Matias has been Director for Unit for the Structural Funds Affairs in Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, the largest charity of Portugal, for the past 23 years, with a short stint in charge Prospective, Planning and Statistics Unit. In this capacity she has been responsible for the funding and financial monitoring of a lot of the work relating to Horizon 2020 and Portugal 2020 since its inception, and all the work co-financed by Structural Funds.


Alda is a determined and curious person, being very committed to the tasks at hand, while building creativity and innovation into her daily life, as a motivation and energy source. She enjoys co-creating the projects she works on, brining out the best of people in the process, and co-owning the need to see it to completion. In an increasingly complex world, it’s important for Alda to approach issues with optimism and creative solutions, making everything simple and cool.