Valnora Leister, Editor/Author
Valnora Leister holds a D.C.L. (Doctor Civil Law) and LLM from McGill University, as well as a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Juridical and Social Sciences from the Faculty of Law, University of São Paulo, Brazil. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and a Doctor Research Fellow at The Hague Academy of International Law, in the Netherlands. She has served as a project attorney to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters in Washington, DC from 1982 to 2007 and at present she is an adjunct professor at James Madison University, where she teaches Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language. Dr. Leister has contributed over the years, papers and articles on international law and development to Law Reviews and Journals. In recent years, Dr. Leister has given talks on emerging technology innovations and cultural trends to conferences of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
José Gabriel Andrade holds a European PhD in Communication Sciences from the Catholic University of Portugal and a Master in Communication Sciences: Communication, Organization and New Technologies from the Portuguese Catholic University with the support of the high level Scholarship Program of the European Union for Latin America (Alban). He holds a degree in Communication Sciences by the Catholic University of Santos, São Paulo-Brazil. He is assistant lecturer at the School of Philosophy and Social Sciences (FFSC) – Braga – and at the School of Human Sciences (FCH)- Lisbon – of the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP); researcher at the Research Center for Philosophical and Humanistic Studies (CEFH, UCP) in the area of Communication, Media and Audience; researcher at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC, UCP) in the area of Media, Technology, Contexts; and visiting researcher at the Brazil Institute of King’s College – London. He is also a member of the Office of Assessment and Professional Development (GADEP) at the School of Human Sciences (FCH).
Elisangela André da Silva Costa has Doctor and a Master Degree in Education in the Post Graduate Program in Education of the Federal University of Ceará (PPGE/UFC). She is a Specialist in School Management by the State University of Ceará (UECE) and the State University of de Santa Catarina (UDESC) and Specialist in bio centric education by UECE. She holds an undergraduate degree in Portuguese Language and Literature by UFC. She is a pedagogue by the Evangelic College of Piaui (FAEPI) and Associate Professor of Didactics of Science and Nature (ICEN) of the University of the International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (UNILAB). Member of the Research Group on Training Educators (GEPEFE/USP), Deputy leader of the Research Groupon Education and South-South Cooperation (Eloss/Unilab)
Elcimar Simão Martins has a Doctor and Master Degree in Education of the Post Graduate Program in Education of the Federal University of Ceará ( (PPGE/UFC). He is a Specialist in Brazilian Literature Teaching by the State University of Ceará (UECE) and Specialist in School Management by UFC. Undergraduate in Portuguese and Spanish Literature by UFC. Pedagogue by the Methodist University of São Paulo. Associate Professor of Didactics of the Science and Nature Institute (ICEN) of the University of the International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (UNILAB); professor of the Academic Master in Socio biodiversity and Sustainable Technologies Program (MASTS/UNILAB), visiting professor of PPGE/UFC. Member of the Research Group on Educators Training (GEPEFE/USP), Education and South-South Cooperation (Eloss/Unilab) and professor in Education, History and Educational Policies (GPFOHPE/UFC).
Sinara Mota Neves de Almeida has Doctor in Education from the Post Graduate Program in Education of the Federal University of Ceará (PPGE/UFC) and Master Degree in Health Education from University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR).Pedagogue by the Federal University of Ceará. Associate Professor of Didactic of Science and Nature (ICEN) of the University of the International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (UNILAB). Member of the Research Group on Education and South-South Cooperation (Eloss/Unilab). Experienced in Education in the following themes: school, teacher’s formation, violence at school, mediation and conflict management strategies and educational assessment.
Jacqueline Cunha da Serra Freire has a Doctor in Sustainable Development (PDTU / NAEA / UFPA) and a Master Degree in Development Planning / Area of Concentration in Public Policy (PLADES / NAEA / UFPA). Associate Professor of Didactic of Science and Nature (ICEN) of the University of the International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (UNILAB). Member of the Research Group on Education and South-South Cooperation (Eloss/Unilab). She operates mainly in the education area In the following themes: Education and South-South cooperation; Curriculum, Education and Supervised Internship Practices; Youth (s), Rural Education, Diversity (s), EJA. She served as UNICEF’s International Consultant in Guinea Bissau (Africa).
Florenço Mendes Varela, is Assistant Professor of the Institute of Education of the University of Cabo Verde, and a Doctor Degree Candidate at the Educational Leadership of the Open University of Portugal; he has a Master Degree in Educational Sciences at the University of Normandy, France. He is a former Pedagogy Professor at the University Jean Piaget of Cabo Verde (2001-2014), General Director of Adult Education (2004-2012) and President of the Educational Institute of the University of Cabo Verde (2012-2016). Former Coordinator of the South Network of the Community of Portuguese Language Speaking Countries (CPLP) in the area of education for Youth and Adults (2016-2010) and at present is Coordinator of the Working Group of Non-Formal Education of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and founding member of the Paulo Freire Institute of Cabo Verde (2010).Participates in seminars, Conferences and evaluations of educational programs for youth and adults in Africa, Europe and Latin America.
Mark C. Frazier is cofounder and president of Openworld, a U.S. based nonprofit research group that specializes in Information and Communications Technology innovations for development. He has worked in 50+ countries on policy reforms, technology parks, workforce development strategies, and startup incubators for multilateral organizations including the World Bank, UNDP, the Organization of American States, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the German Marshall Fund. He has assisted in the launch of micro scholarship programs in economically challenged communities in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and the Americas. His current focus is on eLearning and peer learning, online markets for telework, and grassroots work-study projects to promote transcultural understanding. Earlier in his career, he was publisher and managing editor of Reason magazine, and cofounder of the Local Government Center, springboard for Reason Foundation’s consulting practice on innovations in municipal service delivery. He is a graduate of Harvard University and former Visiting Fellow of the Lehman Institute of New York.