The Nenita Sa Engineering Foundation - NSEF was founded in the UK by the Guinea-Bissau born Helder da Silva. Registered as a private institution of public interest in the UK and Guinea-Bissau.

Management capacity

The Foundation's leaders derived from both academic and industrial backgrounds. Each member has his own area of expertise to help the NSEF project to succeed in both the organisation's day-to-day and long-term life.

According to its legal status, the NSEF is run by a Board of Trustees consisting of six members, and a Management Committee with a Board of Directors, a Communication Committee, and a Quality Committee.

The Board of Trustees is chaired by João Adriano Conduto Junior (MSc(Econ)) and José Lingna Nafafé (Ph.D.).

The Management Committee implements the decisions of the Board of Trustees and ensures the daily management of the services of the Foundation. The Foundation Programmes Team (FPT) leads the NSEF's engagement with donors, sponsors, partners, members and general public. The FPT is headed by Helder da Silva (Ph.D.), Elisabete Furtado (BA), Natalia Satunova (BA) and Moacir Barbosa (MSc):

Helder da Silva

Head of Engineering & Quality

Elisabete Furtado

Head of Business Development

Natalia Satunova

Head of Communication

Moacir Barbosa

Head of Education and Skills.


The primary decision-making bodies of the NSEF are the Board of Trustees and the Management Committee.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees defines strategic objectives mainly on the basis of the orientations decided by the Management Committee and coordinates their implementation and adaptation to changes affecting the implementation of the NSEF's Programmes.

João Adriano Conduto Júnior (Chair)

FOR-MAR - Senior Staff and a Consultant in Internationalization of Business, Portugal.

Dr. José Lingna Nafafé (Honorary Chair)

Bristol University - Researcher and Lecturer in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies, UK.

Brigita Jurisic (Trustee)

City, University of London - IP Commercialisation and Incubator Manager, UK.

Sergio da Silva (Trustee)

Masabi Ltd - Global Support Manager, UK.

Dr. Gunaratnam Sooriyakumar (Trustee)

Ivalley Limited - Founder and Chief Technical Officer, UK.

Marcio Gomes (Trustee)

Ofsted - Testing and Deployment Manager, UK.

Management Committee

The main objectives of the Management Committee is to increase the quality of our services, to make NSEF accessible to more people and to defend its social interest. Its missions are to adopt the strategies from the Board of Trustess, monitor the implementation of those strategies, and protect NSEF's assets. As a company limited by guarantee, our Managing Director is responsible for the overall control and implementation of strategic direction of the project.