Valéria has over 15 years’ experience working for organisations in the private, public and non-profit sector, such as Department of Social Protection, Robert Bosch Institute and GAIA Social. Her areas of expertise are: community development, corporate social responsibility and civil engagement. Valéria holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, and also a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics (Management & Strategy) and a diploma in Special Studies in Education and Human Rights, both from the University of Campinas. Her field of research is focused on public participation, as she has a strong background in community work and politics, she was also an active member of the Students Union in Brazil, and an elected Delegate representing the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas in the National Congress of Students. Currently she is a board member at AMBI (Association of Brazilian Families in Ireland) a 10 year old organisation that provides support for Brazilian immigrants living in Ireland and also a board member at MWU (Migrant Women United).