We are a group of millennials focused on finding purpose in our lives. We find inspiration in hard-working entrepreneurs that aim for ambitious outcomes. Inside the MAZE, we keep our feet firmly on the ground, decode better solutions for society’s most pressing problems and make social change happen.

guiding lights

MAZE results from an extraordinary vision set forward by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian: impact-driven organisations have access to adequate skills, capital and intelligence in order to deliver predictable and better outcomes.

MAZE was born out of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in 2013 (as Laboratório de Investimento Social) to promote this vision. Since day one, we are inspired and guided by Gulbenkian’s infinite belief in human potential as a driver for positive change.

our team

António Miguel


António leads our work on capital structuring and public sector advisory. Previously worked at Social Finance UK with a focus on social impact bonds. MsC in Business Administration from Catolica Lisbon. Wants to ride his vespa as far as he can.

Luís Fonseca


Luís leads our venture support work. Previously worked at McKinsey and Procter & Gamble, focusing on strategy and marketing. MBA from INSEAD. Still dreaming of pursuing a promising career as a percusionist.

Joana Cruz Ferreira


Joana is responsible for Social Impact Bond development and public sector work. Previously seconded at Social Finance UK and MOVE microfinance fellow. MsC in Economics from NOVA SBE and post graduation programme in Data Analytics from NOVA IMS. As a kid, wanted to become Minister of Finance. Still does.

Rita Casimiro


Rita oversees and manages the acceleration programmes. Previously worked as a consultant at Aga Khan Foundation in Mozambique and seconded to a range of Italian accelerator programmes. MsC in Management from NOVA SBE. Runs marathons when most people are still sleeping.

João Santos


João is responsible for capital structuring and venture support. Previously seconded at MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in Toronto and Associate at Rocket Internet. MsC in Management from NOVA SBE. Probably the quickest person to move from complicated excel formulas to a state of meditation.

Margarida Anselmo


Margarida manages a range of initiatives across the acceleration programmes and public sector advisory. MsC in Economics and International Management from NOVA SBE and UCD. When not role-playing in the theater, most likely she is connecting to one of her 7 sibblings spread across the world.

Cristina Almeida


Cristina is responsible for communications and outreach of our brand, tirelessly bringing our initiatives to another level. Previously worked at EY in consulting and at Mellow, a startup. MsC in Economics from NOVA SBE. Her hobbies include studying Psychology and dancing like no one is watching.

Bennet Barth


Bennet works across our acceleration programmes and product development within the capital advisory team. Previously worked in renewable energy in Vietnam. MsC in Economics from NOVA SBE. He is continuously searching for the perfect wave and an endless summer.

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