Catarina Alves

Programme Manager

Catarina holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Leiden University, with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychology. She is passionate about enhancing the social and emotional well-being of children and young people, with a focus on early childhood development (ECD), children’s rights, and leveraging communication for development to foster positive outcomes.

Catarina started at ICDI as an intern and is now a Programme Manager. She is involved in project management, research, and capacity building activities in Europe, South Asia, and Africa.

As a child

Catarina grew up in a big family in the countryside of Portugal. She liked to perform for her family 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.