Our team

Ana Có | Co-Founder & Director

Ana was born and raised in Lisbon and she is the Co-Founder and Director of Little Portugal. As an Afro-descendant herself, Ana wants to include the voice of the Portuguese-speaking African community in this project. Ana is passionate about social inclusion and youth leadership and hopes that she can take what she has learned abroad to Portugal and Guinea-Bissau. During the day, Ana works for an interfaith charity in London, and during the evening she studies for her MSc in Public Policy and Management.

Carolina Mesquita | Photographer

Carolina’s favourite words are “vida” and “luz”, which might make her a bit of a hippie. But don’t be fooled, as she is also a project manager at a start-up company in London. Lover of all things photography, London and stories, Little Portugal is definitely her cup of tea. Funnily enough, we met Carolina while interviewing her for Little Portugal. You can listen to Carolina’s story here.

Ana Paganini | Filmmaker

Originally from Lisbon, Ana came to London to study filmmaking at the London College of Communication, where she fell in love with documentary filmmaking.  Ana has grown up photographing and spends her summers taking photos in the north of Portugal, where she grew up. She has exhibited some of these photos in Old Street, Hackney, as well as in London’s Little Portugal, making this project the perfect opportunity to meet people and capture their stories.

Madalin Botezatu | Composer

Madalin, who graduated from Kingston University with a Music Technology degree, has been writing music since he was 11. After meeting Catarina, eating pastéis de nata (also known as Portuguese custard tarts) and listening to Mariza’s music, he decided that the Portuguese style is the best style.

Working hard…or hardly working? Watch the Little Portugal crew having some fun.