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Joana Carvalho dos Santos
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Joana Santos holds a PhD in Interior Design from the Polytechnic University of Milan and has been Deputy Director of Education, and Director of the Master's in Design at ESAD since 2009.

In 2014 she has been a member of ESAD's Evaluation and Accreditation Committee and in 2017 she become director of the Design Degree Course. Since 2017 she has held positions as a Researcher of the esad-idea, an Association for Promotion and Research in Art and Design.

Nowadays, she regularly coordinates events and exhibitions and presents national and international conferences in the area of Design.

This connection with the school results from her family background. Joana's father was the founder of the school and after several years of struggle, she believes she has found her place, and no longer fears the future. She says she wants to be ready to face everything.

What distinguishes her? Her ability to mobilise a large group of people for a common cause.

Focused on precision and quality of processes and results, she is a professional who works well in teams - especially in a good and ethical environment.
Nationality: Portuguese
Languages: Portuguese, English, Italian

Academic Background

Executive MBA | Porto Business School

Degree Design of Equipment | ESAD Art & Design

Post-Graduation in Communication and Image | IADE - Creative University

PhD in Interior Design | Polytechnic of Milan (Italy)

Future Professional Interests


Top Strengths

Focused on Results
Work Ethics
Team Player


2017 - (...)
Director Of ESAD — IDEA, Research in Design and Art
Coordinator of the public Relations and Communicatio Office
2016 - (...)
Director Degree on Design - ESAD
2012 - (...)
Member of the Commission for Quality, Evaluation and Internal Accreditation
2009 - (...)
Director of the Master in Design
Assistant Pedagogical Director