Our People

Our people


IPS’ team goes far beyond

Our team relies not only on the nuclear team of professionals whose curricula are shown below, but also on a vast array of researchers and experts in Management, Law, Criminology, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Education, Health, and Engineering.

Pedro das Neves, CEO

Pedro das Neves CEO IPS Innovative Prison SystemsHolding a Sociology degree and an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges, he is undertaking a PhD research on Public Policy at the Sociology and Public Policies School of ISCTE – IUL Lisbon University Institute. Pedro is a board member of the BSAFE LAB Law enforcement, Justice, and Public Safety Research and Technology Transfer. He is also a guest lecturer at ISEC and has been a member of the scientific coordination team of DEIA – Specialisation Degree in Organisational Learning and Innovation at INA – the Portuguese National Institute of Public Administration. He has been working on public administration reform for 20 years in several European countries. He has been a policy advisor and coordinated major project implementations in Portugal, Romania, Argentina, and Guatemala, also supporting specific projects in other countries. Pedro has been involved in the design and implementation of pilot projects that have received awards and were recognised as best practices. He holds extensive experience as policy advisor (EU policy, including prison systems modernisation, prison work, re-settlement and ICT, international cooperation). On behalf of IPS, he has been invited as a guest observer at European Commission and Council of Europe meetings and as a speaker in several international events organised by the Council of Europe, ICPA, EIPA, European Commission and governments from the different Member States. Pedro is an ICPA member.

Tiago Leitão, Board member

Holding a degree in Social Work (Portuguese Catholic University), and an MBA from The Lisbon MBA, Tiago has been involved in project management since 1998. He has a 15-year experience in management, consultancy, social innovation and reintegration, and knowledge transference. He also owns expertise in policy and strategy, namely in the social economy, training and volunteering. He has been working in the development and implementation of penitentiary related projects since 2003, having “Rumos de Futuro” been his kick-off experience in this field. This strategic project aimed to innovate on multi-agency work towards inmates’ reintegration in Portugal. In Romania, he has been involved in the “Credem in Schimbare” and “Itinerariul Dialog” (both projects that have received awards and have been considered good practices). Tiago has been leading the concept development and management of innovate projects in the field of social economy and entrepreneurship (IDEIA – women entrepreneurship), social business plans, strategic organisational plans, education, training and mentoring (MOMIE – Models on Mentoring for Inclusion and Employment and MEGAN – Mentoring for Excluded Groups and Networks). Presently, Tiago is the head project manager of several projects that IPS is involved in, either a promoter or a partner. Since 2003 is engaged in intense international work, mostly in Europe, in different areas of knowledge, collaborating in different networks and in the organisation of events, research and publications: “Employers Engagement in inmates reintegration”(Rumos de Futuro, 2007); “Seven Steps towards Inmates Reintegration” (Rumos de Futuro, 2007); “Design and Delivery of Volunteering in the Criminal Justice Sector” (JIVE, 2014), etc. Besides his position at IPS, Tiago is chairman of the non-governmental organisation APROXIMAR.

Susana Reis, Head of research

Susana holds a degree in Criminology from the University of Porto and an honour’s MA in Global Criminology from Utrecht University. She was a teaching monitor at the University of Porto, where she worked in the development of several research projects. At IPS, Susana works in the design and implementation of innovative projects related to imprisonment and prison management, including the Partnership against Violent Radicalisation in the Cities (PRACTICIES), the Mental health, Aging and Palliative care in European prisons (MenACE), the European Framework of Competencies for Community Professionals working in Gang Environments (FRAMEGANG), Radicalisation Prevention in Prisons (R2PRIS), the European Interaction Guidelines for Education Professionals when working with Children in Juvenile Justice Learning Contexts (EIGEP), the Innovation, Development and Communication for a better education in Prison System (IDECOM), and the Ecological Economics in Prison Administration Work (ECOPRIS) project. Susana is also the quality manager of the company.

Alexandra Gomes, Junior consultant

Alexandra Gomes Consultant at IPSAlexandra holds both a bachelor and master’s degree in Criminology from Fernando Pessoa University, in Oporto, Portugal. Her master’s thesis focused on Environmental Criminology. While finishing her degree, she had the opportunity of integrating a limited group of trainees at the Public Security Police Force. Alexandra joined the team in October 2016, and since then she has been involved in project concept design for EU funding and in project management, as well as in research in penology and prison reform. She also co-organises training courses, seminars, and conferences. Alexandra is actively engaged in the implementation of several projects, namely DIACEN, MenACE, FRAMEGANG, R2PRIS, and EIGEP. She has also contributed to ECOPRIS and IDECOM projects, which have been successfully concluded.

Pedro Liberado, Junior consultant

Pedro holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Coimbra and a master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Porto. Being a research assistant at TCuPS (Research Group for Cultural and Political Sociology) at the University of Tampere, he worked with extensive databases regarding parliamentary debates from 13 countries within various policy areas. Previously, he also awarded a research grant from the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, to work on the European Social Survey project. At IPS, Pedro is currently involved in the development of projects such as R2PRIS (Radicalisation Prevention in Prisons), INTEGRA (Integrated Community, Probation and Prison Services Radicalisation Prevention Approach), PRACTICIES (Partnership Against Violent Radicalisation in the Cities) and MenACE (Mental Health, Ageing and Palliative Care in European Prisons).

Maria Loureiro, Junior consultant

Maria holds a degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology both from ISPA – Instituto Universitário de Ciências Psicológicas, Sociais e da Vida. During her academic internship, she was involved in the implementation of a programme designed for domestic violence offenders. She has also worked at a Young Offenders Institute in London where she was responsible for providing substance misuse treatment to young adult offenders. At IPS, Maria is currently involved in the design and implementation of EU-funded projects such as MenACE (Mental Health, Aging and Palliative Care in European Prisons) and AWARE (Cross-sectoral awareness building on mental health needs in the criminal justice system and on release).

Nuno Pombo, CTO

He is an invited Assistant Professor at Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI), Covilhã, Portugal and at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT), Lisbon, Portugal. He received his PhD in Computer Science from UBI in 2014. Nuno is a member of BSAFE LAB: Law enforcement, justice and public safety research and technology transfer laboratory, and Instituto de Telecomunicações. Member of COST Actions: CA15109 “European Cooperation for Statistics of Network Data Science (COSTNET)”, TD1307 “European Model Reduction Network (EU-MORNET)”, and IC1303 “Algorithms, Architectures, and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE)”. His current research interests include cloud computing, big data, data fusion, machine learning, ubiquitous computing, eHealth, clinical decision support systems, and model reduction methods.

Sílvia Bernardo, Marketing and communication manager

Being a holder of a degree in Social Communication from Universidade de Lisboa (Institute of Social and Political Sciences) since 2005, Sílvia has worked for several years as a journalist for broadcast media. In the later years, she has been collaborating with private companies as a communication manager. At IPS, she handles the communication’s assets and branding initiatives, leveraging, therefore, the company’s reputation for quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction. She has completed postgraduate studies in Social Gerontology and is a PhD in Sociology at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Beira Interior, in Covilhã, Portugal.

Sílvia Silva, Designer

Sílvia holds a degree in Communication Design from the School of Technology and Management of Portalegre and a Master’s degree in Multimedia Design from the University of Beira Interior, in Covilhã, Portugal. At IPS, Sílvia works in the development of the company’s graphic image, as well in other design and communication projects. She is actively involved in the creation of e-learning training content and in the design of the JUSTICE TRENDS magazine.

In memoriam

João Pedro Baltasar da Silva Correia, 1960-2019

João was a founder, partner and mentor at IPS Innovative Prison Systems.

Holding a degree in Human Resources Management and Work Organisation by ISLA and several specialisations in the areas of Change Management – Advanced Techniques and Work Adjustment Training, U.S.A; João was accredited Consultant by the Center for Creative Leadership – USA; the Management Research Group; and Business Partner of Entovation International – Knowledge Management and Innovation.

João began his career at the Institute for Economic Cooperation; was Human Resources Technician at LPDM and Human Resources Manager at Uromedical Clinical Laboratory. Worked as Human Resources Systems Consultant at Area Chave. Was a consultant of Human Systems at EGOR Management and Training, holding the position of Executive Director from 1996 to 1999 in the same organisation.

He was a co-founder of GLOBAL CHANGE International Consultants, a company that has lately merged with I.Zone Knowledge Systems, SA.

Since 2004 he has been working in different European countries, coordinating projects in public administration reform, namely justice systems. Along with the IPS team, he has been involved in the design and implementation of innovative pilot projects that have been awarded and recognised as good practices.

João authored several performance improvement manuals and simulation games. So far, he has published two books: “Be First – how to expand the results you desire in life” and “Gamification – transforming leadership into a game”.