She graduated in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (1990) and has a Masters in  Business and Administration (MBA) from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (1994).
After graduation, she began her professional life as a research scientist at the Institute of Experimental Biology and Technology (IBET). She was Manufacturing Project Engineer at the Atral Cipan Group. In 1992, she joined McKinsey, strategic consulting company senior management, where she was senior consultant for seven years, participating in projects primarily in banking and insurance.
She has been Chief Executive Officer of the Luz Saúde Group since 1999, leading more than thirteen thousand employees in 30 health facilities, including the Hospital da Luz in Lisbon. Since 2012, the Group manages also a public hospital in a public-private partnership – Hospital Beatriz Angelo, in Loures.
She was a member of the Faculty Board of the New School of Business and Economics of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Lisbon MBA in the same university.
She was also a member of the General Council of the Universidade de Lisboa.
She regularly spoke at conferences on health management, leadership, human resources and financial sustainability of health systems at the invitation of several universities and other institutions.
In 2015, she received the award «Excellens Oeconomics 2015» from Jornal de Negócios, for being the best portuguese manager of the year.
In 2017, she received the award «Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo 2017» from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), awarded to former students who distinguished themselves in their professional and social career.
In 2019, she was considered one of the 10 most powerful portuguese women by Forbes magazine.