DUARTE SANTOS PEREIRA

CO-FOUNDER AND OPERATIONS MANAGER OF OCTO. SPECIALIST IN CONSTRUCTION & ENVIRONMENT AND IN THE INTERACTION OF ARCHITECTURE WITH THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF ENGINEERING.


Duarte was born in Lisbon in the year 1980 and has two older brothers.
Still during his studies, became Alliance Unichem pharmaceutical Technical Consultant. In 2006, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering (branch of Thermodynamics) in the FCT (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Lisbon, Portugal). In the same year, he began directing the Engineering Department of MEDINFAR Pharmaceutical. In 2008, joined the team of S.U.C.H. (Hospitals´ Common Use Services) first, while in charge of the Electromechanical Sector; then as General Coordinator of the Maintenance and Engineering Department, and Energy Site Manager in the Hospitals of Lisbon central area. In 2012, ends the Master of Science (MSc) - Executive Master's Degree on Sustainable Energy Systems at MIT.

From 2012 to 2014, joined SG Services Angola, where he worked as the Facilities Manager in infrastructures of the Health branch of SONANGOL, where has developed business and investment strategies and coordinated technical activities and contracts management. In 2014 founded OCTO, with Rui Amorim, with the main purpose of minimizing the environmental impact and resources use in the life cycle of a building.

Duarte has more than 10 additional courses in the technical area, languages and team management, including notably the IAQ, RCCTE and RSECE.

In his spare time, in addition to the environmental and technological innovations, he dedicates to play the guitar, motocross and winter sports (ski and snowboard). Duarte lives in Parede, Portugal, in a quiet village overlooking the sea. But whenever he can, he escapesto the villages and landscapes of Alentejo.

His life motto was borrowed from Leonardo da Vinci: "Learning is the only thing that the mind never tires, is afraid and never regrets."

RUI AMORIM

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC COMMERCIAL RELATIONS OF OCTO.


Born in 1970 and raised in Leça do Balio, where greatly enjoyed the fruit from the neighborhood trees.

At the age of 15, began to work in building maintenance. In 1988 he attended the course of Quantity Surveyors and in 1991 became designer in CAD system. Worked in Sotequel as head of production and supervising state Schools´ constructions. In 1994 he finished the Construction Design course and in 1999 graduated from the American Building Maintenance course at ITT Technical Institute. In 2000 began working on the development of environmentally friendly building materials (cork, paints and mortars). Between 2008 and 2014 he started the company Ecopaint Angola, Ecopaint Mozambique, Ecopaint São Tome and Principe, and GreenPaint, in Portugal. In 2014 he founded OCTO with Duarte Santos Pereira.

He attended more than 15 academic and training courses in Portugal, Spain, Italy and France, which include acquired knowledge at the level of waterproofing, insulation, painting techniques and flooring. Over the years he received several international innovation prizes.

In his spare time, Rui entertains with the lastest technologies, with shouts of "Goal!" related to Futebol Clube do Porto and the rebellious cries of his two children.

He entered the construction world by chance and because of two uncles, and today he does not sees himself doing something else, once it involves new technologies and new ideas. One of the phrases that inspires him belongs to Walt Disney: "I like the impossible because the competition is lower."