Denise joined EIF as a Temporary Secretary in January 2019, after working for the WTO's Office of the Director-General. Prior to joining the WTO, Denise worked as Programme Assistant at the Development Aid & Humanitarian Crisis Division at Terre des hommes Foundation and as secretary in the Ramsar Convention Secretariat. In Canada, she managed a private language school and also participated in some International Cooperation programmes in Morocco (United Nations Development Programme) and in the Northeast of Brazil (Canadian International Development Agency).
Denise grew up in a developing country (Brazil), lived in Canada for many years, and has been living in Switzerland since 2016.
Denise holds a Master's degree in International Relations and a professional certificate in Entrepreneurship. She speaks Portuguese, French, English, and is improving her Spanish.