Current SGroup Secretariat 

Bárbara Costa - Operations Manager 

REIT - Bárbara Costa

Valère Meus - Advisor 


Joana Freitas - Project Manager


Sofia Abreu - Executive Officeer


Former SGroup Secretariat members

 Joana Sousa - Executive Secretary (2019-2022)


2017-2019 - Executive Secretary | 2019-2021 -  Projects Manager      

 Mariana Sousa is from Porto, Portugal, has a BA in Communication Sciences, a Master in Economics and a post-graduation course in Marketing Management. She worked in many different fields, mainly in communication agencies and international relations projects.

She is based full-time in Porto  and helped the SGroup with the administrative support, financial tasks and internal communication issues while she was the Executive Secretary. She is now the Projects Manager for SGroup


  Wioletta Węgorowska-Mosz is an MA in Russian and English Philology. She          has  postgraduate diplomas in the European Project Management from the              University of Poznan, and Knowledge Management in Public and Corporate            Organisations from the Warsaw School of Economics. She specialised in                  competence management and skills development.

She was in charge of the Santander Group in Brussels from the Spring of 2007 and was responsible for the initiation and the co-ordination of international projects, representation of the networks’ members in at international fora, the organisation of specialised workshops, seminars and  the financial management of the Group. Previously she worked for five years as an International Project and Training Specialist at the Centre for European Integration at AMU in Poznan, Poland. 


César Álvarez Alonso was the Executive Secretary from 2003 to 2007 under the presidency of both J. M. Sanz Serna and Stefan Jurga. He holds an M.A. in Law, M.A. in Political Science and Public Administration, M.A. in University Management, and J.D. in Law and PhD in Political Science and International Relations.

After working for the SGroup in Brussels, he became Advisor to the President of the Spanish Rectors Council. He  served in a number of roles both at international and national levels in advisory groups and executive positions such as the Bologna Follow-Up Group, the US-Spain Fulbright Commission. He was Observer of the European Union to the EUALC process, and member of the Board of Trustees of High Level Councils of the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in his capacity of Director of Institutional and International Relations of the Governmental Foundation for the Internationalization of Universities ( 


Lucília Fonseca was born in the Portuguese city of Oporto. Her language skills include Spanish, English, French and Italian.

She studied French and English Literature and Language, with a specialization in Translation, at the University of Oporto from 1990 to 1995. She also has a Master degree in “Interdisciplinary Analysis of the European Construction” from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, in Belgium.

She started working at  the Association Santander Group  as Executive Secretary  in 1995,  and was based at its founding University of Cantabria (Santander). In 1997, with the first change of President, the Secretariat was relocated to the University of Murcia where Lucília continued working as its Executive Secretary.

In 2001, by decision of the General Assembly, the Secretariat of the Association moved to Brussels . Lucília contributed to establishing the new office in Brussels.

In October 2003, she moved back to Murcia and worked in the management of a project called “Listen to Europe” that had the objective to disseminate the European Union’s  Social Policy. 

She then worked in the International Relations Office of the University of Murcia.


Gemma Castro was the first SG Executive Secretary.

She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in English Philology at the University of Valladolid and her Master's Degree in Comparative Literature at S.U.N.Y. Binghamton (U.S.A.)

In 1990, she started the International Office at the University of Cantabria and in 1994 she became the Director of the Office.

Ever since, she has been responsible for all mobility activities and programmes in the field of education, while participating and coordinating European programmes such as Alfa, Tempus, Tempus Tacis, Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus and Atlantis.