Sara Piteira leads the Dialogue Café Executive Team. She has considerable experience of project management and overseeing collaborative networks, having developed the global Social Innovation eXchange, a network of 400+ organisations and individuals involved in social innovation around the world. Before that, Sara was responsible for managing pioneering e-democracy and e-voting projects with the Portuguese Government. Sara has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Democracy and Participation.
Sérgio Pinto is a System Engineer and has been working for Cisco since 2007. Sérgio specializes in collaboration technologies, with a specific focus on video and voice technologies. Sérgio has been working with Dialogue Cafe since 2009 to design Dialogue Cafe's technical architecture and to develop and implement additional features and functionalities to enhance the Dialogue Cafe experience and ensure that the project continues to innovate. Sérgio is also responsible for overseeing the global connectivity of the Dialogue Cafe network.
Jude Hanan is Dialogue Café’s programme and communications consultant. Jude’s expertise is in social media, emerging technologies and e-government. Jude has worked extensively within the digital realm, advising and working for a number of international organisations such as the European Commission, the OECD, the Commonwealth Secretariat and for New Zealand’s national e-government programme.
Dialogue Café is supported by a range of partners including:
United Nations’ Alliance of Civilisations
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General which aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions, and to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.
Cisco is a global company, with more than 60.000 employees. Cisco technology enables people to make powerful connections-whether in business, education, philanthropy, or creativity. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet solutions that make networks possible-providing easy access to information anywhere, at any time.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a charitable foundation established in Portugal in 1956 with cultural, educational, social and scientific interests. With assets of more than 3 billion euros, is amongst the biggest private foundations in the world.
The Anna Lindh Foundation
The Anna Lindh Foundation is an organisation shared and resourced by over forty Euro-Mediterranean countries, to bring people together as a way to promote dialogue between cultures and respect for diversity. The Foundation leads regional initiatives and support local activities carried out by organisations based across civil society which advocate for a better understanding among people, religions and beliefs, and champion human rights and democracy.
Dialogue Café is also working with:
And our local partners:
Dialogue Café is managed by a non profit organisation set up as a public interest association. The Dialogue Café Association is governed by a Board of Directors and a Fiscal Board. Both boards are chosen by all members of the association in the General Assembly.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic development and day-to-day management of the project. The Fiscal Board is responsible for auditing and approving the expenses and accounts of the association. The directors were chosen for their expertise and early engagement with the project.
The Executive Team of Dialogue Café reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the day to day management of the association and the implementation of the strategy defined by the boards.
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