Tell us about your background.
I was born in São Paulo; however, I spent my adolescence in a small town in the Brazilian countryside, called Paraguaçu Paulista. Reading was always my companion, and I decided that books would also be my career when I returned to São Paulo at the age of 18. I worked in large bookstore chains in Brazil, where I faced different challenges in the commercial area or managing and training teams in different cities. I also participated and helped organize events with big names in literature, such as, for example, Mia Couto and Jose Saramago. In parallel, I studied Marketing and specialized in Human Resources.
What is the best part about working at KU now?
The diversity of the team and being at the center of a movement that is changing the way we understand and relate to scientific knowledge.
What is the most challenging part about working at KU now?
To maintain resilience, even when responses from libraries are not immediate.
What do you most look forward to in your job?
It is an area of constant learning. I hope that soon the regions I cover for KU (South America, among them), will soon awaken to the benefits of supporting the Open Access movement.
What is your favorite book?
I always change my answer when asked this. Today I would say “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s a masterpiece. Maybe tomorrow I will say “Embers” by the Hungarian author Sandor Marai.
What is your favorite movie?
Dogville, by Lars Von Trier. When the script is good, you don't even need a scenario.
What songs are playing on your phone?
While working, a playlist called “Mozart Classical Musical for Brain Power” helps me stay focused. At the gym or when I go out for a run, The Killers' new album called “Imploding the Mirage” is quite liberating.
Any guilty pleasures?
Musicals, I love them! I recently watched Hamilton and listened to the same songs again and again until I memorized the lyrics.
What quote best sums up your worldview?
“In everything you do…Always be yourself, Billy…And you always will be true.”