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NSEF IDEIA

A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

NSEF IDEIA

A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Helder and João

The idea of Nenita Sa Engineering Foundation (NSEF) project started in 2013 with a mission to create a private institution of public interest that promotes education, and helps reduce poverty, and the gender gap and improves the livelihood of Guinea-Bissau communities.

NSEF Founder, Dr. Da Silva is originally from Guinea-Bissau and has a PhD on the Design for a Manufacture of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Servomotors from the University of East London in collaboration with Emerson Industrial Automation, in 2015. NSEF Chairman, João A. Conduto is also from Guinea-Bissau and has a degree in Chemical Engineering at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Together, they now want to use their engineering learning to provide and enable solutions to progress education, health and wellbeing, and to beat economic disadvantage experienced by the Guinea-Bissau community.

HELDER DA SILVA

EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY (1986-2015)

HELDER DA SILVA

EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY (1986-2015)

Educational Journey

Helder da Silva (BEng, Ph.D., IET, IEEE) went to school for the first time in Guinea-Bissau, in the mid-eighties, well above age for a child to start primary school. Therefore due to his advanced age to start year 1, he was forced to move to the countryside where he was accepted for enrolment and attended a very poor school.

In 2008, Helder graduated in Engineer with the degree of BEng Hons in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with specialisation in electrical power engineering. He developed his research work for an MPhil and PhD on design for a manufacturer of permanent magnet synchronous servomotors with the University of East London and Emerson Industrial Automation Group in the UK. This research was sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Control Techniques Dynamics Ltd in Andover, Hampshire, where he carried out the work.

During this research sponsorship period, he attended training courses on both electromagnetic design and thermal analysis for electric motors and generators with Motor Design Ltd and CFD with ANSYS UK.

At present apart from developing the NSEF project, he is developing also his business for motor design, thermal analysis and manufacturing processes.
Helder's main interest is in the development of engineering and environmental education, and R&D works on the farming industry, renewable energy and power electronics integrated into the electric motor systems.

HELDER DA SILVA

STORY OF

HELDER DA SILVA

STORY OF

Childhood story

In 2010, Dr Helder da Silva noticed that his educational struggle was not something particular, but yes, something typical of a Mininu di Guiné (which translates as Child of Guinea-Bissau).

Dr Da Silva attended a People-to-People Development Help school (ADPP-GB) in Guinea-Bissau, and terminated the first year of primary school in June 1986 when he was 11 years old as shown in his Certificate.

However, the problem of quality education goes well beyond Helder's native country Guinea-Bissau. It is a significant problem in Sub-Sharan Africa. Mainly due to poverty, the majority of children in the continent go through the same experience.

The legacy Dr Da Silva wants to leave is of an African education and community transformer, a philanthropy and a contributor to the development of engineering education and application in Guinea-Bissau and the wider world.