& Change


As in nature, corporate ecosystems must evolve and adapt


Darefy is a leadership and culture transformation platform. Our purpose is to enable change and leadership capabilities, in purpose-driven organizations.  We support leaders, teams and organizations, in the corporate and social innovation ecosystems, to fulfill their mission.

In an increasing complex, interconnected and uncertain world, where work models are changing rapidly, we provide deeper awareness and consciousness of the challenges and how human systems can overcome it. In this path, three ingredients are mandatory: Leadership (provides vision and focus), Culture (enables a positive environment to get things done) and Strategy (how to reach the goal). We act on those variables in an integrated perspective.

We value social innovation and a substantial part of our resources (time and energy) is focused on projects that impact our community. That turns us in more wise and capable individuals and professionals.

We are change curators and perform our actions based in our values: purpose, trust, excellence, collaboration and courage. Above all, we care!

Darefy DNA

Corporate Change Makers

Social Innovation Enablers


We share some principles and beliefs that guide our actions, in our consulting approach:

Our Approach

  • Our approach integrates the latest organizational and management insights with behavioral sciences (psychology, cognitive & neuroscience, behavior analysis, social psychology and anthropology);
  • We make use of technology (algorithms and machine learning) in order to a better human decision making;
  • We use insightful and pragmatic business approaches like systems analysis and design thinking to solve human and organizational problems;
  • We always start describing and providing consciousness about reality (as is); therefore, we establish a roadmap for the future systems (to be). And then, in close partnership with our client, co-create initiatives, processes and experiences that materialize the organization’s DNA;
  • In sum, we are Leadership and Change builders.


Carlos Sezões


Cristiana Paiva ​


Susana Almeida ​


Nuno Gonçalves ​


Luís Gonçalves ​


Carlos Sezões

Managing Partner

Carlos Sezões

Managing Partner

Carlos has more than 20 years helping companies to optimize their organizations, leadership and talent.  He began his career at Banco BPI (banking) in 1999, focused on small and mid-sized companies. In 2001, he went to work to the e-recruitment portal ExpressoEmprego.pt (Impresa Group), were he developed employer branding strategies. Later, in 2004, he changed to management consulting sector, where he worked for SIGH International and BI4All – essentially, in corporate governance and performance management projects. Carlos founded LearnView in 2007, a company focused on consultancy (change management) and competencies development (strategy, leadership, behavioural). Carlos was Partner at Stanton Chase Portugal for more than 10 years (2010 to 2021) – engaged in  Executive Search, Talent Management and Executive Coaching.

He holds a degree in Business Management and has upgraded his studies with a Marketing post-graduation course, an Executive MBA, and finished his Masters degree in Human Resources Management in 2018. He’s also concluded a Digital Transformation program (MIT). Since 2012, he has an international certification in Executive Coaching. Carlos was honored in 2013 as HR Consultant of the Year in Portugal (RH Magazine) and has also participated as a speaker in more than 50 conferences and seminars. Moreover, he has been serving as visiting professor in some universities and business schools (Universidade do Minho, UAL, ISG). Parallel to his professional life, he’s the founder and coordinator of Portugal Agora (www.portugalagora.com) – citizenship and think-tank platform.

Cristiana Paiva

Client Partner

Cristiana has more than 15 years working in organizational, leadership and HR challenges, in different companies and geographies. She graduated in Sociology from the University of Porto and complemented her training with an MBA in Management, specializing in the areas of Marketing and Human Resources. She was a consultant for Dynargie Portugal and Responsible for the Recruitment, Selection and Talent Capture of the Ibersol Group. At JASON Associates Portugal she started as Business Development, then took on the challenge of internationalization in 2013 as Business Manager for the Angola operation and, later, she took on the role of HEAD Africa. She is the “mother” of the TOP Leaders Luanda brand, an event directed to TOP Management. In 2017, she completed the brand’s spin off for Angola, having led the process of making international operations autonomous. She is a Managing Partner at JASON Angola, a Partner at JASON Brasil and a Business Development Manager at JASON Tribe.

Susana Almeida

Associate Consultant

Susana has a degree in Psychology (specialization in Social Psychology and Organizations) and Master in Human Resources Management (EADA). She has extensive experience of more than 15 years in executive search and middle-management recruitment, in leading multinational consulting firms, in Portugal and Spain. Susana presents also an insightful experience in several talent management, leadership assessment and culture transformation consulting projects. Versatile leader, she´s also an entrepreneur, language teacher and project manager in the education and life-long learning areas.

Nuno Gonçalves

Associate Consultant

Nuno has a degree in Psychology and a Business Management Executive Master; he’s an organizational consultant and senior trainer, with over 20 years of experience in the areas of Negotiation, Team Management, Leadership; Coaching, Stress Management; Emotional Intelligence, Feedback and Customer Management. He has a HeartMath Coach – Stress & Resilience Management certification and additional training in Theater, Psychodrama and NLP (Neuro – Linguistic Programming).
Nuno has been invited professor in modules like Innovation, Creativity and Leadership and Team Management.

Luís Gonçalves

Marketing & Tech Manager

Luís has a professional certification in IT (Computer Systems Management and Programming) and a degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior. He has experience in marketing and communication projects, both in Portugal and in the UK. Entrepreneur and event manager, Luís is organizer and co-founder of the Famalicão Extreme Gaming, one of the biggest e-sports, video games and technology events in Portugal.

Join us?

We´re a small team, yet, with diverse skillsets and  backgrounds. We love to make a difference and  impact leaders and organizations. To do that, we must ensure an essential asset: top talent.
If you’re thinking in joining us, please reach out through the email hello@darefy.co.
Tell us about you:  your purpose, ambitions, experience and skills. And what you expect from the project and how you think you can add value to Darefy project.
Sooner or later, the opportunity may emerge!