Lara Lacerda

Focus and refocus and the path will lead to success.

A Mathematics lover since an early age, Lara always knew that numbers and strategy would be part of her life. After completing her degree in Applied Mathematics to Technology, Lara never thought of teaching. Instead, she was more interested in applying theoretical concepts to business programming and project implementation. Her internship in the Financial Department of Sonae Distribution turned into a full-time job. Committed to her career and always pursuing more challenges, she did a Masters in Applied Mathematics and scored 20/20 in her thesis. With her passion for Maths more alive than ever, Lara took a new turn in her career and went into the Banking Sector harnessing the power of data with analytics for credit risk and client profile analysis in Millennium BCP.

Because a curious mind never settles for less, inspired by her husband, Lara applied for the Executive MBA, knowing that this would take her totally out of her comfort zone. And what better opportunity to expand her technical background. Even with so much going on in her life, during the MBA Lara found strengths to embrace a brand new career challenge and she is now part of the Planning and Management Control team of Sonae. Although she raises the bar quite high in her career, her biggest achievement in life is personal: meeting the person that complements and stimulates her to be more – her husband. Lara might be a person of numbers, but it is by her human skills that she would like to be remembered for.


Nationality Portuguese
Languages Portuguese, English

Main skills

Will power

Commitment

Adaptability

Curiosity

Projects

Volunteer projects helping elderly and homeless people in Porto.

Future Professional Interests

Business Strategy

Marketing

Innovation

Management

Career Goals

Have her own business.

Likes & Curiosities

Photography

Cake design

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

Alan Kay

Timeline
2017
Executive MBA @Porto Business School
Business Analyst & Advisor @ Sonae MC
2010
Risk Manager @ Millennium bcp (Analytics team)
2009
Completed the Master in Data Modelling, Analysis and Industrial Processes Optimization@Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto
2007
Degree in Mathemathics@Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto
Financial analyst @ Sonae Distribuição
2006
Volunteer @ Médicos do Mundo
2003
Merit based scholarship "New Talents in Mathematics" from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Positivity
Achiever
Ideation
Harmony
Maximizer

Top 5
Strengths

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