Armando Ribeiro
CEO

Armando usually doesn’t get into the office very early but he rises with the sun and starts replying to emails before 8 am. Not only he is a compulsive magazines’ buyer, but also loves cinema and photography. He loves meeting new people and sharing experiences and moments, the driving force behind his decision to create O Apartamento’s project. He studied museology and contemporary art, was a buyer for over 10 years and dedicated the last 15 to the communication area. Since he loves traveling, his suitcase is always packed and ready to go whenever he can.

 

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Ágata Xavier
Communication & PR Manager

Prefers starters over desserts. Laughs easily and always has her bag packed for a grey skied destination. Loves to travel, eat, read and search for stories. Writes, takes photos – sometimes does both at the same time – on art, gastronomy and travel. Agata was a journalist for 10 years first as a photo editor at i newspaper, and then as a writer at Sabado and Time Out publications. Before all of this, she spent several years in the dark, looking at an endless number of slides while getting her degree in history of art. Test her: she is able to talk about football and the Azores for too long. Lives on the top of a hill in Lisbon with 4 cats.

 

André Marques Santos
Communication & PR Manager

Apart from the awkwardness to build his short bio for websites, André likes to write but no more than he likes to read. Preferably by the sea. With a cool drink. Beyond the beach, what he really enjoys is being at the table, for the pleasure of food, the adventure of discovery and the delight of sharing. He thinks that traveling is the best medicine and is always happy when he gets somewhere where there is no mobile phone network. He asks a lot of questions, watches a lot of tv shows and always has a song playing in his head. After 11am he is also a very cheerful boy.

 

Catarina Palma
Communication & PR Manager

Her love of travelling started at an early age and at 17 a course in Italy led to an unexpected Interrail holiday that shocked her parents. She started her professional career at the newspaper Público, but writing about travel was what she really enjoyed. She directed the magazine Rotas & Destinos for over 10 years and spent another decade writing for various publications. Hooked on hotels, she would happily swap home for a suite and a car journey for a flight in first class – a vocation for the good things in life that she further developed during a post-graduate course in luxury marketing. Shy at first, she loves nothing better than a good conversation.

 

Cátia Fernandes
Communication & PR Manager based in Porto

At the age of 10, she would interview family and imaginary guests for her radio programme, which she broadcast from her bedroom, and would repair worn out cassettes with sellotape and imagination. Journalism was the profession she eventually decided to follow and the one she spent most time pursuing. She went into television but realised that she needed time to learn how to write for the small screen. She has taught events management, advertising and marketing, directed publishing projects in the areas of design and architecture and founded ROOF Magazine. She would rather buy a good magazine than clothes and religiously saves the first issue of various publications. She smiles with her eyes and from within and, even though she loves sleeping, always feels that, with so much life to live, it is essentially a waste of time.

 

Chu Goldmann
International Communication Manager

Her attention to detail and organization is almost as strong as her passion for design and craftsmanship. Born and raised in Venezuela, she spent a summer drawing and painting in NYC and lived in London for 12 years before moving to Portugal. She yearns for the Caribbean, loves to dance, and owns nothing in white. She spends her free time surfing and makes the best gelatos but still struggles to ride a bike. She worked in set design and studied interior design before marrying her enthusiasm for aesthetics and her flair for writing.

 


Inês Matos Andrade
Director of the F&B and Events Department

Half way through the working day, Inês gets up and heads to the kitchen to make pancakes. All she talks about is food and she has a knife and fork tattooed on her arm so nobody’s left in any doubt about what rocks her world. She always has a guidebook on food ready for anyone who visits O Apartamento. She’s a journalist by training – she was editor of the Eat&Drink section at Time Out for 4 years – and a communicator by vocation. A bit of a big mouth, in other words, and usually a loud one at that. If necessary, she can take a decent photo and fix minor computer problems. She’s from the city of Porto, which in Portugal means she’s down to earth.

 


Paula Cosme Pinto
Account Director

Paula spent a decade of her life working for newspapers and magazines, has a book to her name and still dedicates a good part of her time writing about the challenges of gender equality (though she has never burnt her bra). However, in recent years she has also learnt the art of writing press-releases and discovered the magic of being behind the scenes in communication. Avowedly addicted to travel, books and good conversation, she loves discovering other cultures and meeting new people from all around the world. She hates labels, so more than a consultant, columnist, journalist, feminist or bona fide traveller, she describes herself as a woman. The kind that likes to tell stories.

 

Teresa Roque de Pinho
Business Developer & PR

A bit here and a bit there, Teresa always leaves something of herself behind wherever she goes. Born in France and raised in Switzerland, she lived in Brazil before settling in Portugal for good, as she could no longer resist the call of her roots and the many Portuguese charms. Her Helvetian mind guides her day-to-day, but she always put her Portuguese heart first. She studied Hospitality Management in Lausanne, so she’s definitely your event and party expert. Her sharp, versatile side goes perfectly together with her human side: she nourishes her soul when she meets new people and grows among them — and with a Campari on the rocks, even better! Her organizational inclinations are often seen as an obsession or perhaps a central flaw. A true gourmet and lover of all the good things in life, laughing comes easy to her, and she does not go unnoticed wherever she goes.

 

Soraia Martins
Content Creator

Writing runs in her blood virtually since she can hold a pen, and reading is second to none. Perhaps that is why she’s been dedicated her life to languages and translation to shorten the world’s distances more easily. Moving to Lisbon opened her eyes to the publishing universe, starting in one of the first online magazines in Portugal, which stirred her towards other publications like a moth to a flame. She founded a company with three friends and, years later, decided she wanted to face the world on her own: writing, translating, and everything in-between.

 

Vanessa Seabra
Travel & Hospitality Consultant

The sheer bliss of having been raised in an unconventional family with many places to call home gives her a special kind of sense of place wherever she goes. The early goal was to have diplomacy follow this natural way of life, but the International Relations degree was dropped halfway through. She figured that becoming a “tourist” would be the perfect volte-face. After finishing the Hospitality Management degree, she amassed experience in some of the best international hotel chains — Marriott International, The Ritz-Carlton Company, and Leading Hotels of the World —, leading the sales, marketing, and communication departments. She loves art exhibitions and architecture, but music helps her find what she needs to keep moving. Family is her safe haven, and she even admits what makes her shed a tear is the privilege of showing her kids all the beautiful things in the world.

 

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Vasco Águas
Director of the Art, Crafts, Design, Interiors
and Special Projects Department

With a background in architecture, Vasco soon fell in love with photography, design and fashion. Being the creative director of a concept store gave him the know how to explore his passions and allowed him to have contact with artists and creatives from around the world. Multifaceted and curious by nature, designed scenarios for television, did film production and addicted to crafts workshops, he can also roll up his sleeves if an electrical installation needs to be fixed. He is quiet and secretive but with a great – sometimes warped, according to his colleagues – sense of humour. Roxy, his dog, laughs when he comes home.

 


Vera Abecassis

Director of the PR Department

Her 5 years living in Paris gave her a certain Parisian je ne sais quoi. It was the perfect place to study art history, learn about culture and wine, eat well, develop good taste and sharpen a certain sleuth-like spirit by wandering the city and discovering charming streets, unexpected shops and must-visit bistros. But Lisbon is the city that has dazzled her over the last decade as one of the founders of ConVida Guides. As an editor, she got to know the city from the inside and as head of the shopping section she always had one eye on fashion. Calm and discreet, she’s more a listener than a talker, but she’s always ready for a good laugh.

 

Photos : © Pedro Ferreira