Born in Goa, India, where she graduated from Bombay University.
Present Chair of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Senior social policy adviser in the Ministry of Employment, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal.
Chair of the Board of the Portuguese UNICEF Committee. Member of the International Board of PWESCR (Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) and of the Portuguese Committee for Human Rights. Former Board Member of the European Roma Rights Foundation. Former member of the UNRISD Advisory Group for the project on Linking Social Protection and Human Rights, and of the European Social Network High-Level Advisory Group on De-institutionalization.
Distinguished Guest Lecturer in the LLM Program in Intercultural Human Rights at the
St. Thomas University School of Law (2018); Invited expert at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University / College of Asia & the Pacific (2015); Faculty member of the Leadership Institute in Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2011 to 2015).
She has conducted training in treaty body reporting and on human rights in Africa, Asia and Europe, on behalf of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Published articles include Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Monitoring, interpreting, and adjudicating health-related human rights (co-authorship); The right to work and rights at work: gender implications; New European Asylum Procedures: One step forward, two steps back?; Human Rights and Development: the two sides of the same coin; and Multicultural Europe: combating racism and intolerance.