João studied Geography at the Universidade Nova, Lisbon and the University of Aberdeen. Later on, he completed a Master of Arts in Development Studies at the University of London, and trained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse at King’s College London. Since then, João worked in a variety of both inpatient and community based mental health care settings across London, including at St Thomas’ Hospital, the Central & Northwest London NHS Trust and the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust. For a period of close to two years and via British based organisation VSO – Voluntary Service Overseas, João volunteered as a Nurse Consultant in Sri Lanka, being directly involved in the planning and delivery of community health & social care services in the country. At present João works full-time for Unity in Health, spending most of his time between Europe and Asia.