Claudio Melo

Science Officer

Claudio Melo is an astronomer born in the beautiful coastal city of Natal (Brazil) holding a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

The astonishing beauty of the night sky and his drive to explore the Universe took him to Atacama Desert in Chile where he became a science fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in 2002, becoming a staff astronomer in 2006. For almost 20 years, Claudio contributed to ESO in many different roles from observatory operations, science management, and more recently in science policy and diplomacy. Claudio’s research interests focus on exoplanets and young stars.

Inspired by the Portuguese ambitions of making space part of the country’s life, Claudio wishes to foster synergies between space and ground-based astronomy to fuel the virtuous circle that science creates in society.

His regular karate training and his passion for surfing keeps Claudio connected to the ground and to the ocean!


Ricardo Conde


Eduardo Ferreira


Hugo André Costa

Member of the Board

Carla Santos

Non-Executive Administrator

Luís Castro Henriques

Non-Executive Administrator

Ana Sousa

Executive Assistant

António Sousa Franco


Carolina Rêgo Costa

Legal Officer

Carolina Sá

Earth Observation Officer

Fernando Pereira


Hermínia Saraiva

Communications Officer

Inês d’Ávila

Space Safety & Space Transportation Officer

Joan Alabart

Industrial Relations & Projects Officer

Luís Serina

Industrial Policy & Technology Officer

Manuel Wilhelm

Space Transportation & Exploration Officer

Marta Gonçalves

Science & Education Officer

Mónica Reis

Internal Operations Manager

Nuno Gomes


Pedro Costa


Sofia Souto

Earth Observation Projects Officer

Tiago Peres

Satellite Communication & Navigation Officer