Who we are

Ascendere is a Portuguese non-governmental organization for development created in 2010 to specifically work in Príncipe Island.

The organization is funded by Arminda and António Machado.

The associates of Ascendere belong to a broad professional spectrum.


  • Francisco Pina Gil – Physician. Internal Medicine. Chairman of the board of Ascendere
  • José Valongueiro – Engineer
  • António Machado – Physician. Internal Medicine
  • Arminda Machado- Physician. Cardiologist
  • Elvira Simões – Economist
  • Vitor Serra – Lawyer
  • Joaquim Neves – Physician. Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Maria Afonso – Physician. Resident in Gynecology and Obstetrics.
  • Nuno Janeiro – Physician. Infectious Diseases
  • Daniel Nunes – Agronomist
  • Luzmarina Schitteck – Architect
  • Thomas Schittek – Painter and sculptor


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