Our success and ultimately our clients’ is deeply connected to the competence and dedication of the people who work with us.

Nemus is a human capital company that invests in picking up the best talents, their continuous training and updating. Our structure is based on multidisciplinary teams capable of conceiving and implementing the right solutions to our clients needs and enhancing the value of their organizations.


Pedro Bettencourt Correia


With over 30 years experience, an expert on Environmental Impact Assessments and Coastal and Marine Geology, Pedro Bettencourt is the leader of the company, known for this perseverance and conviction. Pedro has already coordinated more than 500 projects in the fields of Environmental Impact Assessments, Coastal Engineering Studies and Projects, Environmental and Landscape Recovery Projects and Spatial Planning Studies.


Ana Otília Dias


Ana is responsible for the administrative and financial management of the company and coordinates the business support area. Always with a harmonizing attitude and a great work capability, she is tireless when it comes to supporting all projects at all times. As an expert in economics, Ana collaborates on environmental impact assessments, development plans and environmental projects.

Nemus’ team is multidisciplinary and very dynamic. At Nemus biologists and engineers work side by side, as well as architects and archaeologists, geographers and economists, social scientists and designers, experts in planning and geologists, experts in water resources…

People with different ages and curricula are the main value of this team which is proud to be recognised by its experience and flexibility. Multifaceted and highly qualified, Nemus’ team works in three continents (Europe, Africa and South America). The quality of our main team is complemented by a network of international collaborators that fit the same quality standards.


Working at Nemus is having the opportunity to participate in big projects in Portugal and abroad. Is having the chance to confront your ideas with specialists from many different areas of knowledge. Is being a part of an outstanding team. It is actually a lot more than this.

We went to speak with our colleagues from the offices located in Portugal and Brazil and asked them, at the end of the day what is it like, to work in Nemus. Read some of the answers below.

Elisabete Teixeira

Elisabete Teixeira

Project Manager / Landscape Architect

What is the project that you are most fond of?
The Project for the shore recovery of Óbidos’ lagoon and São Martinho do Porto’s bay was very important to me. At the time I had very little experience, there were no other landscape architects at Nemus and that required a lot of investment on my part. It was the most challenging project but at the same time the project I liked the most because its construction allowed to see the design aspirations implemented on the field, which does not always happen.

What are some positive aspects of the teamwork at Nemus?
At Nemus it’s the people who make a difference. It’s not the typical team work described in management and human resources’ manuals, but rather a flexible collaboration between team members in order to guarantee that the objectives of the projects are successfully performed.

How would you describe Nemus in just three words?
Consultancy, Environment, Qualification.

A specialist in spatial planning and management, as well as landscape architecture, Elisabete began working at Nemus in 1998. The experience gained over the years has proved very important in the development and innovation of sustainability in the various projects in which she participates. With a curriculum that includes more than 200 projects in various areas, Elisabete is proof of Nemus’ flexibility and persistence.

Mateus Giffoni

Mateus Giffoni


What would you say is Nemus’ impact in Brazil?
Brazil has continental dimensions, great diversity of ecosystems and an extensive coastline. A major challenge here is reconciling economic growth with environmental responsibility, so I believe that Nemus’ presence in Brazil is proof that these challenges can be overcome.

What are your first impressions of working at Nemus?
Initially, I felt the pressure of responsibility working for such a prestigious international company. Nemus’ commitment to excellence in the delivery of its products and the seriousness with which it deals with ongoing projects, are just some of the things that caught my attention.

How was the first contact with your new colleagues?
The first contact with my new colleagues was quite pleasant. When I joined the company, I thought that communication between Salvador and Lisbon would be difficult, but I was completely wrong. The team in Portugal has been very receptive and available. It didn’t even seem like we were on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

Biologist by profession, graduate student in Ecology and Environmental Interventions and one of the newest members of Nemus’ team in Brazil, Mateus has extensive experience in agroecological and agroforestry systems. Some of his hobbies include urban organic agriculture, the creation of stingless bees and the production of handcrafted terrariums.

João Fernandes

João Fernandes

Environmental Engineer / GIS Specialist

What were the most challenging projects you have ever faced at Nemus?
The River Basin Management Plans (Alentejo, Algarve and Madeira) were the most challenging projects both from a technical standpoint and from a project management point of view, because they integrated an assortment of technical specialties in a logical information and data management of high demand. All these aspects have allowed both personally and collectively to explore new technical areas and to reinforce our skills.

What does ‘Empowering Sustainability’ mean to you?
Empowering Sustainability is the role Nemus chooses to take. An enabler and technical expert in several areas, it allows its customers to achieve more sustainable solutions and projects.

What are the positive aspects of teamwork at Nemus?
It’s the teamwork that enables Nemus to continue achieving good results and meeting the increasingly demanding and diverse requests we face in the different industry sectors and geographies in which we compete.

As a specialist in environmental engineering, João works in the environment and sustainability areas, participating in various environmental projects such as planning and management of water resources, engineering and infrastructures as well as environmental assessments. He also specializes in geographic information systems (GIS) and the creation and management of databases. Known for always remaining calm even in times of great stress, its João’s ability to ‘think outside the box’ and to solve problems that show the dynamism and flexibility of this young engineer.

Sofia Gomes

Sofia Gomes

Project Manager / Archaeologist

How would you describe Nemus in just three words?
Strong, dynamic, expansionist.

What are some challenges that helped the company grow?
Definitely the crisis that has swept the country. The economic recession which originated in 2008 forced the company out of its comfort zone and into risking further internationally.

What are some of the positive aspects of the teamwork at Nemus?
The brainstorming we have, where arguments and counter-arguments allow you to develop a new perspective and new solutions for the different projects. Working as a team allows for a greater use of each other’s talents and therefore instilling greater creativity in the project‘s service.

From your point of view, what makes Nemus so dynamic?
A leadership that does not give up looking for new challenges, supported by a team that is always ready to give their best.

Sofia is responsible for the archaeological studies and projects, participating as an archaeologist in assessment projects, environmental recovery and requalification and landscape enhancement. With two books already published as a co-author, Sofia is one of Nemus’ most experienced people and also has one of the most youthful spirits on the team.

Gonçalo Dumas

Gonçalo Dumas

Architect / GIS Specialist

How would you describe Nemus in just 3 words?
Young, Dynamic, Competent.

What’s your opinion on working at Nemus?
At Nemus every project is unique. It demands a renewed dedication from us at every step of the way, rewarding us with enriched experiences which in turn mean that there are no monotonous days at work.

What are some of your personal interests?
Architecture and its fundamental part in shaping the future of our cities, as well as high-tech and sustainable construction methods.

As a specialist in Geographic Information Systems and technical drawings, Gonçalo assists in obtaining, handling, crossing and integrating of spatial information and develops specialized mapping. With Nemus since 1999, he is a key element of the team. With a Degree in Architectural Sciences, Gonçalo is known by his colleagues as a tireless perfectionist with a great aesthetic sense and very resourceful.

Sara de Sousa

Sara de Sousa

Project Manager / Biologist

What was the most challenging project you’ve ever faced?
The projects that do not have a specific preparation recipe, usually defined as the ‘special requests’, are definitely the most challenging. The initial phase is always a time of great anticipation and excitement, with everything yet to plan. They remind me of the preparation meetings for mountaineering expeditions, in which everything is still open to changes: we know where we want to arrive but how, with whom and with what means is still left to decide. For me, the study of the avifauna movement at the new Lisbon Airport (2009/2010) was the most challenging. It was the first project which I coordinated at Nemus, with a large team of external consultants, a huge media pressure, short deadlines and very high technical requirements.

What are some of the positive aspects of the teamwork at Nemus?
The opportunity to get to know other perspectives and other approaches to the same subject. This is most noticeable when doing field work, where each specialist sees everything from a particular perspective and to me it is very rewarding to contact with this multiplicity of perspectives and working methods. Another positive aspect is the result of the relationship between the younger and older colleagues, the coexistence of more experienced opinions on the one hand and less formatted and more open-minded opinions on the other. The diversity of ages and experience levels is one of the best things about working as a team at Nemus.

A specialist in botany and marine biology, Sara coordinates the ecology and biodiversity area. Her curriculum includes the coordination of several ecological studies in Portugal and abroad, as well as a participation in projects with a strong communication component. Having already worked on projects in Brazil, Mozambique, Malawi and Cape Verde, Sara is known among her colleagues for her commitment and professionalism as well as for practicing a large variety of hobbies, which include photography, scuba diving, mountaineering, climbing and seafaring.

Sónia Alcobia

Sónia Alcobia

Project Manager / Geologist

What does ‘Empowering Sustainability’ mean to you?
Contributing to a better future.

Which project did you enjoy the most?
The coastline monitoring program during construction works for the Douro river barrier between 2005 and 2008. It allowed for the following of the evolution of a dynamic coastal section known for its erosion problems and the assessment of the relationship between its evolution and the implementation of this project, comparing the results with the evaluation performed in the EIA.

What are some of your hobbies?
Organic farming, Chi-Kung / Tai-Chi Fan, vacation travelling, theater, music and concerts.

Sónia specializes in marine and coastal areas, intervening in the fields of geology, geomorphology, geotechnical, hydrogeology, coastline dynamics and evolution, assessment of cliff stability, assessment and management of contaminated sediments. Always very expressive and energetic, Sónia works at Nemus since 1999 and has worked on over 200 projects, covering three different continents.

Nuno Silva

Nuno Silva

Project Manager / Environmental Engineer

From your point of view, what makes Nemus so dynamic?
The focus on quality and rigor, always and regardless of the project. This is the result of a team of very qualified people, but mostly of the extreme attention to these two essential aspects, ever since the company’s inception. And this became company culture, able to influence who we work with and who we hire. These are for me the most valuable assets of the company.

How do you view Nemus’ international presence?
The evolution of the international presence has been indeed remarkable. We managed to quickly, but with great effort, turn the initial disadvantages into lasting benefits, judging by the costumer and job consolidation existing in these markets. One of the success factors, in my opinion, is the approach based on the values ​​already mentioned:  the quality, the rigor and the technical depth of the work accomplished by our team. Performing well always provides return and sustainability (and a lot of visibility in emerging markets).

What are some of the advantages of working outside of Portugal?
Outside of Portugal we have to deal with other realities that are not our own and learn to navigate in very different socio-cultural and institutional networks. On the other hand, the horizons are much broader, the working range is much greater, we learn to think differently and be more sensible, particularly in the social sphere, which is very interesting. The Portuguese move around in other cultures with great ease and tenacity, enabling us to achieve our goals with much success and recognition, even against all odds!

As a specialist in environmental engineering and one of the most experienced members of the team, Nuno is known for his rigor, perseverance and attention to detail. Nuno coordinates the environmental area in which he also acts as a specialized technical expert on noise, air quality, water resources and sediment contamination.