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

Managing Partner

António is responsible for MAZE’s capital and public sector advisory work. He has been working in impact investment for +10 years in the UK, Canada and Continental Europe. He founded MAZE and previously was an Associate at Social Finance UK. Holds a MSc in Business Administration from Católica Business School. Wants to ride his vespa as far as he can.

Luís Fonseca


Luis is a management and strategy consultant turned into an impact entrepreneur. He was an Associate at McKinsey & Co where he advised multinationals from various industries and was a Marketing Manager at Procter & Gamble in Geneva. MBA from INSEAD and MSc in Marketing from ESADE. Still dreams of pursuing a promising career as a percussionist.

Rita Casimiro

Head of Acceleration

Rita has supported +50 impact ventures and provided over 2,000 hours of venture support across three acceleration programmes. Previously was an analyst at CrossRail in the UK and was also a consultanat in Aga Khan Foundation. BSc in Management from Bath University and MSc in Management from NOVA SBE. Master in Finance candidate at Católica Business School. Runs marathons when most people are still sleeping.

João Santos

Investment Principal

João has structured the first impact investment deals in Portugal which led to the successful raising of +1,5M€ for ventures. Previously seconded at MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in Toronto and worked at Rocket Internet in Singapore. BSc in Economics and MSc in Management from NOVA SBE. Probably the quickest person to move from complicated excel formulas to a state of meditation.

Margarida Anselmo

Head of Public Sector

Margarida is leading the public sector advisory work where she has been successfully managing several Social Impact Bonds. Previously seconded at MaRS Centre for impact Investing in Toronto. MSc in Economics and International Management from NOVA SBE and UCD. When not working on her drawings, most likely she is connecting to one of her 7 sibblings spread across the world.

Cristina Almeida

Head of Communications

Cristina is in charge of brand, communications and community management. She was an analyst at EY, seconded at Impact Investment Group in Australia and learned the ins and outs of start-ups at Mellow. BSc in Economics from NOVA SBE, BSc in Political Science from ISCSP. Her hobbies include studying Psychology and dancing like no one is watching.

Bennet Barth

Investment Associate

Bennet has mostly worked with environmental-based ventures and has supported investment committee materials for ventures from all over Europe. Previously worked on renewable energy projects in Asia and West Africa. BSc in Industrial Engineering at the University of Berlin and MSc in Economics from NOVA SBE. He is continuously searching for the perfect wave and an endless summer.

Afonso Fontoura

Acceleration Associate

Afonso manages Amplifica, our acceleration program in the north of Portugal where he brings impact business ideas into the light. Previously worked in IES – Social Business School and B Lab Portugal. Afonso was also a Project Manager at WACT in São Tomé e Príncipe. M.Sc. Sustainable Development HEC Paris with Double Degree at FGV SP. Still dreams of becoming the Portuguese Jamie Oliver.

Inês Charro

Public Sector Analyst

Inês works across our public sector projects excelling at impact and finance models, research and benchmarking. Previously worked at BCG and left a piece of her heart in Angola. MSc in Finance and International Management from NOVA SBE. When not binge writing master thesis, Inês can be found in a concert of a band that nobody probably ever heard of.

Marta Costa

Acceleration Intern

Marta supports all efforts regarding our acceleration programs. Previously volunteered in Mozambique and in a refugee camp in Calais, France. Her areas of interest are cooperation and development. BSc in Political Science and International Relations. She is the master organizer you wished you could always go on holidays with.

Steffen Rilling


Steffen is supporting Maze X, a recurring 3-month accelerator program designed to put ambitious impact start-ups on the road to becoming an impact unicorn. He has been working in Finance and Consulting for over 6 years in Germany, USA and the Middle East. He will be temporarily supporting our dynamic team until his return to Oliver Wyman in Germany. Holds a MsC in Business Administration from Católica Business School and BI Norwegian Business School. Loves to compete (not only on the football pitch).

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