Our Team

Diogo Faria de Oliveira
Executive Director
Relevant experience:
  • Over 27 years of experience in the water sector
  • Executive Director of Aquapor, 2001-2015
  • President of 10 Portuguese utilities, 2001-2015
  • Member of the Board Advisory Council of the Portuguese Water Regulator, ERSAR, 2010-2015
  • President of the UNECE affiliated International Specialist Centre of Excellence in PPP on Water and Sanitation
  • President of the Management Team of the Portuguese WSS Strategic Plan (PENSAAR 2020) for the Portuguese Ministry of Environment
  • 19 countries of experience in Africa, America, Europe, and Middle East

Background

  • Degree in Civil Engineering, IST (Portugal)
  • Executive Management Program, Stanford University (USA)
  • Business and Sustainability Programme, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Native Portuguese speaker, fully proficient in English, and with knowledge of French and Spanish

diogo.oliveira@defining.eu
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Francisco de Mariz Machado
Executive Director

Relevant experience

  • 30 years of experience in the water sector
  • Expert in water treatment technology, EPC and O&M contracts and hydropower operations
  • Founder and Executive Director of Baccher, a Business and Technology consultancy, specialized in supporting water utilities improve its management and operations efficiency
  • Chief Operations Officer in Aquila Capital, managing a portfolio of 21 small scale hydropower plants
  • CEO of Sisaqua, the Portuguese leader company in Operation & Maintenance and Engineering
  • President of the Board of AEPSA – the Portuguese Association of Private Companies for the Environment Sector
  • Commercial Director of Degrémont, a technologic company for water treatment contracts
  • Participated in complex bidding procedures for Public water markets in Brazil, China, Angola, Perú, Ireland and Mozambique

Background

  • Degree in Environmental Engineering, UNL (Portugal)
  • International Executive MBA, IE (Spain)
  • Native Portuguese speaker, fully proficient in English and French,  with knowledge of Spanish

francisco.machado@defining.eu

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Inês Trindade
Senior Manager


Relevant experience:

  • 21 years of experience in the urban water sector, water resources management and urban waste management in developing and advanced economies
  • Specialized in regulation, compliance, utilities turnaround, investment planning, PPP, due diligences, public policies
  • Assistant to the coordinator of the Portuguese WSS Strategic Plan (PENSAAR 2020) at the Ministry for the Environment and Energy
  • Experience with public and private sectors, regulators and governments
  • 10 years’ experience on the development of engineering studies and design
  • 5 countries of experience in Africa and Europe

Background

  • Degree in Environmental Engineering from Nova School of Sciences and Technology (Portugal)
  • Master of Science in Hydraulics and Water Resources from IST (Portugal)
  • Native Portuguese, proficient in English, with a good understanding of Spanish

ines.trindade@defining.eu