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MEET OUR TEAM

The VEGB staff is group of passionate people dedicated to helping children and young adults in extreme poverty in Guinea-Bissau, Western Africa.

TEAM FRANCE

Luis Seco

Luis Seco

Co-founder & President

Seco is originally from the island of Pecixe in Guinea-Bissau.
Passionate about helping people, he is particularly concerned by the situation of children and population left behind national and international aid programs.
After being responsible for International Payments at the Post Office in Bissau, Seco is now CEO in France. He has a Marketing degree from Lisbon, Portugal. Click here to read about Seco’s story

Esther Chavanon

Esther Chavanon

Co-Founder, Executive Vice President

After trips in Africa, Esther co-founded VEGB with Luis Seco in order to help children and local communities in precarious situation in Guinea-Bissau. Before coming to VEGB, Esther has previously worked for several international companies overseas based in Europe and Oceania. She holds a MA in Export Sales Management & BA in Social Human Sciences. She is passionate about language learning (including local languages).

Aude Farinet

Aude Farinet

Treasurer at VEGB

Originally from France, Aude has worked for 10 years as Head of Department for a credit agency. Aude joined VEGB in 2018. She handles all financial affairs and budgeting. She assists with special projects and other officers as needed. Aude is passionate about travelling & photography.

TEAM GUINEA-BISSAU

Ivandra Fumy Ferrage

Ivandra Fumy Ferrage

Representative VEGB Guinea Bissau

Originally from Guinea-Bissau, Fumy has been working for VEGB since the beginning. She ensures that all projects for VEGB are well-carried out in Guinea-Bissau. She has worked in Tourism in Guinea-Bissau and as consultant in Brazil. Fumy has an Executive MBA in Project Management and a degree in Tourism from Brazil.

Bacar Queta

Bacar Queta

Project Coordinator

Bacar is project Coordinator for VEGB. He is in charge of educational programs in Bissau.

Barbosa Da Silva Ca

Barbosa Da Silva Ca

Coordinator (North Region)

Barbosa started working with us in 2011. He coordinates all projects from the North region of Guinea-Bissau (included the Islands)

Carlita Armando António Pidique

Carlita Armando António Pidique

Treasurer - Team Guinea-Bissau

Carlita works with us as treasurer for our team in Bissau. She has a degree in accountancy.

TEAM SPAIN

Ely Pinto

Ely Pinto

Program Coordinator for VEGB in Spain

Ely joined VEGB 2 years ago from her country in Venezuela. Now residing in Spain, she is our main coordinator in Spain. She makes connections with other local agencies for the purposes of partnerships and helps to find volunteers.

TEAM PORTUGAL

Diamantina Manuela Biague

Diamantina Manuela Biague

International Student Coordinator Portugal/Guinea-Bissau

Diamantina is our International Student Coordinator. She is in charge of student programs and services, delivering comprehensive support to guinean students attending Universities or Professional Schools from Portugal. She helps with basic issues, matters of immigration compliance

Some of her tasks include:
– Serve as a liaison with Guinean families /Portuguese Schools and Immigration Service regarding the enrollment of students from Guine-Bissau. She helps also with personal matters related to proper placement, progress, and overall success of guinean students

– Provide comprehensive orientation and advising services for international students (academic, immigration, registration, etc.)