João Carlos Verde has a Ph.D in Physical Geography at the University of Lisbon, with a thesis on Wildfire Susceptibility Modelling, after a degree in Geography and Regional Planning and research on hazard and risk. He worked for the National Forest Authority during which time he coordinated a programme for risk management and statistics processing, while also acting as a liaison officer at the National Command for Relief Operations of the National Authority for Civil Protection, where he later worked as a National Operations Assistant.
He also worked on project management for the technical proposal of the National Plan against Wildfires.
He is an investigator with the RISKam research group (Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment and Management) at the University of Lisbon.
He has experience in team coordination, spatial modelling, geographic information systems and IT solutions for relational databases on client/server environments. He also has a keen interest in writing and photography.