Catarina Alves

Junior Programme Manager

Catarina has a master’s degree in Psychology, specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychology (Leiden University). Her main topics of interest are early childhood development (ECD), the social and emotional well-being of children and young people, children’s rights, and communication for development.

Catarina started at ICDI as an intern and is now a Junior Programme Manager. She is involved in project management, research and training activities in Europe, Nepal and Ethiopia.

As a child

Catarina grew up in a big family in Portugal’s countryside. She liked to perform for her family, be it by singing, acting, or reciting. She was always fond of books and had the habit of having a book on her lap even during meal times. At the end of her first school day, she decided she wanted to be a teacher. She spent most of her childhood with her nose scratched because she was always trying to cuddle all the cats.