Laurinda Alves

Council Member

Independent (elected by the Coligação Novos Tempos Lisboa)

 Praça do Município, 31 - 3º | 1100-365 Lisboa

Born in Lisboa, Portugal, on December 1st, 1961, married, 1 son

Nationality: Portuguese

Academic record

  • Master in Media and Communication, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, 1981
  • INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme, Fontainebleau, France, 2009

Professional record


  • Founder and manager of the Academy of Purpose, Nova SBE, since 2018
  • Professor of Communication, Leadership and Ethics, Nova SBE, since 2011
  • Teacher of Communication and Leadership, Leadership Lab, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2009-11
  • Guest Lecturer in Media and Communication in several academic institutions, since 2000
  • Guest Speaker in Communication and Leadership in schools, fora and corporations, since 2000

Media and Communication

  • Author and Host of “Imperdíveis”, Radio Observador, since 2019
  • Weekly Columnist and Interviewer, Observador (digital news), since 2015
  • Manager and Curator, Dialogue Cafe, joint venture of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, United Nations and Cisco, 2013-15
  • Author and Host of TV Series “Feitos em Portugal”, RTP (Portuguese National Broadcaster), 2012
  • Author and Host of TV Series “Portugueses Sem Fronteiras”, RTP, 2010-11
  • Daily Columnist and Major Interviwer, I Newspaper, 2009-10
  • TV Host “Encontro Marcado”, SIC (Private TV Broadcast), 2003-4
  • Founder, Author and Director of weekly XIS Magazine, 1999-2008
  • Director of “Pais & Filhos”, monthly magazine, 1996-98
  • Author and Host of TV series “Primeiros Anos”, SIC, 1993-94
  • Author and Host of TV series “Verdes Anos”, SIC, 1992-93
  • Columnist, Rádio Renascença, 1998-2000
  • Columnist, Público (daily newspaper), 1996-2009
  • Journalist and Columnist, O Independente (weekly newspaper), 1993-96
  • Reporter, TSF Radio, 1991-92
  • Major Reporter, RTP, 1990-92
  • Coordinator, SIN Servicio Iberoamericano de Notícias, TVE (Spanish National Broadcaster), Madrid, 1982
  • Daily News Reporter, RTP, 1980-90


  • “Entre Gerações” (book), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2011
  • 9 Short Stories Books, 2000-20

Other Activities

  • Co-founder and Volunteer in “Academia do Johnson” (supports teenagers in risk), since 2014
  • Independent European Parliament Candidate, MEP, 2009
  • Volunteer in “Acredita Portugal” (business angels), since 2008
  • Co-Founder “Rede de Jovens Empreendedores Sociais”, 2008
  • Volunteer in “Associação Salvador” (for the inclusion of handicapped), since 2007
  • Volunteer in Paliative Care, since 2007
  • Volunteer in “Acreditar” (supports children with cancer and families), 1995-2005

Awards and Honours

  • Award in Journalism, “Clube dos Jornalistas”, 1991
  • Commander of the Order of Merit, for the public defense and debate of educational issues, 2000

Foreign Languages

  • English, fluent
  • Spanish, fluent
  • French, good