Paula - CEO and Principal Researcher

Paula - CEO and Principal Researcher

DED, Lda. is owned and operated by Paula Frederica Hunt, a Portuguese native with a vast teaching experience in both Portugal and the USA, where she holds teaching certificates in both regular and special education. Paula holds both Master and a PHD degrees in Special Education, as well as a Graduate Specialization in International Development.

Paula started her teaching career as a Visual Arts teacher in Portugal and spent the first 5 years of her professional life working in special scholls in the USA - with children "at risk", children with disabilities, children with special education needs, and children and adolescents in conflict with the law, or in the care of the State. While working in segregated settings, such as special schools and institutional care facilities, she became an advocate for Inclusive Education, and has spent most of her teaching carrer educating children, families and other professionals on social inclusion and children's rights.

Throughout her career, she has worked to develop inclusive policies and programs for ALL children and has provided professional development focused on the implementation of Inclusive Education at the national, local school and classroom levels. Paula also worked in Teacher Education, providing novice teachers with the skills, tools and inspiration needed for them to become teachers for ALL children.

After dedicating 20 years to the teaching profession, she transioned to a long-term consultancy at the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia as the Inclusive Education Specialist and Regional Disability Focal Point. She provided logistical support, technical expertise and capacity development to both Regional and Country level stakeholders. Paula worked to support governments and their partners in developing inclusive systems of education, child protection and social inclusion and worked with various partners including government officials, non-governmental organizations and Disabled Persons Organizations, civil society representatives, etc.

Paula has managed and operated DED Lda. since 2015, and has had the privilege to work in/with: Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Figi, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malasya, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Macedonia, Papua New Guinee, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Rwanda, Russian Federation, Serbia, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Stated of America, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam.

Ana Matilde - Junior Researcher/Editor

Ana Matilde is DED Lda’s Junior Researcher and Editor since 2015. She has supported the development of various research products, from Situation Analysis reports to Teacher Training packages and Policy Reviews, and interfaced with various clients. Ana Matilde is responsible for DED’s website development and maintenance, as well as the knowledge management platform.  Ana Matilde is also responsible for copy-editing, proofreading and translating (in both English and Portuguese) all disability-related materials.

Ana Matilde holds a Master’s Degree in Psychomotor Rehabilitation by Universidade de Lisboa and her previous experiences included work with pre-school-aged children in Leiria (Portugal), and the promotion of social and emotional competences in children and youth from vulnerable groups, in Tijuana (Mexico). She has worked with individual and group interventions with adults with disabilities in institutional care, sharing responsibility for rehabilitation activities with the technical team (in Leiria, Portugal), and has taught seminars for students of the Psychology and Education programmes at the  Universidad Humanitas, in the city of Tijuana.

Ana Matilde - Junior Researcher/Editor

Team of Freelance Consultants

Angela Cara

Angela Cara

Angela Cara holds a PHD degree in Education. Angela has conducted several Analysis on Implementation of Inclusive Education in Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajkistan, Georgia, Ukraine, Madagascar and has extensive experience supporting UNICEF and its partners in most Russian-speaking countries in Eastern Europe region. She is the author of more than 187 publications, including Reports on implementation of Inclusive Education and Vocational Education Program. External and Internal Evaluation of the quality of education, Mid-Term Evaluation, Road Maps for Inclusive Education.

Bolorchimeg Bor

Bolorchimeg Bor

Bolorchimeg Bor holds a Master’s degree in International Educational Development awarded by Teachers’ College, Columbia University and has about 20 years’ experience in education policy, inclusive education, early childhood development, education in emergencies, project management, monitoring, evaluation and assessment. She has played a leading role in the introduction of inclusive education concepts and values as well as the formation and development of Education Cluster in Mongolia. She authored and contributed to numerous reports on various education issues as a UNICEF Mongolia Education Specialist in 2008 – 2019 and translated several internationally recognized publications especially on inclusive education into Mongolian.

Julie de Barbeyrac Saint-Maurice

Julie is an accomplished professional with more than 15 years of experience in international program coordination, with technical skills in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), inclusive education, accessible technology and innovation, disability inclusive development, early child development (ECD) and maternal health within nutritional programs. She holds a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Community Health, and is a Certified Occupational Therapist specialized in pediatrics. Julie has proven experience coordinating a global innovation on inclusive education and technology. She is an expert in assessing and responding to the health, psychosocial and mental health needs of disaster-affected and impoverished populations. 

Besmir Fidahić

Besmir Fidahić is a professionally educated translator, editor and interpreter in combination Bosnian and English (main), French, Arabic and Dutch (passive languages). Besmir has been with the UN in the conflict, humanitarian, post-conflict, international criminal tribunal, and development context since 1994. He is a member of the AITC (International Association of Conference Translators) which gathers present and former UN translators, precis-writers and editors. Besmir is very well acquainted with the work of the UN agencies and other international organizations on MDGs, human rights, criminal justice, education, heritage, and other. He is also a published legal author who specializes in language and the law.

Around the World

DED Lda provides services around the world. Our team has global experience and connections.

If you have a support request specific to a particular region or country, let us know. Our extensive network with professionals in disability inclusion may be able to help you.

Around the World

DED Lda provides services around the world. Our team has global experience and connections.

If you have a support request specific to a particular region or country, let us know. Our extensive network with professionals in disability inclusion may be able to help you.