My name isSónia Fernandes.

I am a specialist in social projects and volunteering.

My mission is to help your organization to design and implement projects that lead to social change, especially those that use volunteering as an instrument of impact.

Selected to be one of the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprises 2023. In line with Euclid Network's mission to empower social enterprises and impact professionals, this initiative aims to recognize and reward European-based women leaders who have demonstrated significant social and/or environmental change in this sector.

Positions / Functions

> Author of several books and manuals on volunteering
GNVL Regional Coordinator for Europe (GNVL - Global Network of Volunteer Leadership of IAVE - International Association for Volunteer Effort)
> Social Entrepreneur
  • Founder and President of Pista Mágica – Association
  • Creator of the CaDEI volunteer management training methodology
  • Design and management of various social projects
> Teacher and Trainer> Consultant


> Master in Humanitarian Action, Cooperation and Development (2013)> Degree in Anthropology (2000)


Work in 3 languages:> Portuguese, English and Spanish

Professional Path

What I do

What makes me different?

Strong creative capacity and critical realism in the construction and application of solutions - whether for social or organizational problems

Specialty areas

> Design and management of social innovation social projects> Volunteering and volunteer management> Strategic planning of social economy organizations


Training, Teaching, Consulting


NGOs, Local Authorities and Government Entities, Enterprises, Universities

Another look at volunteering.