Our Team

Sara Hughes

CO-FOUNDER and CEO

American, living in Brazil since 1996. Graduated in Business Economics with emphasis in International Relations from UCSB (California), and MBA from IESE School of Business, Barcelona. In Brazil, graduated in Pedagogy at UNIP. 

Besides Scaffold Education, Sara is Founder and General Director of FourC Bilingual Academy (Bilingual School, reference in the state of São Paulo), Idealizer of Instituto Lidera Jovem (Leaders Formation project in Lençois Paulista), Lwart Group`s Member of the board of Directors, FBN´s Counselor (The Family Business Network). She also participates in governance work on committees such as IBGC (Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance). 

Before arriving in Brazil, she worked in big companies such HP and Bank of Colombia, in the United States and Colombia. In Brazil, she participated directly in the Strategic Planning of the Lwart Group for the 21st Century, as well as in its Implementation. Currently, Lwart Lubricants is the leader in Latin American oil refining.

Rafael Sanchez

CO-FUNDER and COO

He has been working in Education and Technology areas since 1997. He began his career as a teacher of pre-university courses, and in 2005 he started to undertake in the area of E-Learning, opening the first 3 units of on-site support poles of a large educational group (Centro Universitário Uninter) in the interior of the state of São Paulo. 

In 2008, he founded BR Portais, company focused on multi-user systems development and web functionalities that served clients from all Brazilian states, selling his stake in this company to dedicate himself exclusively to Scaffold Education.

He is an Electrical Engineer and Programmer, graduated from Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), member of the São Paulo State University, and has been the Vice-Director of the Center for Young Entrepreneurs of CIESP, in Bauru area, participating in the organization of the first events for Startups in the region. In 2015, he designed and executed the ENEM 2015 Marathon, one of the largest online events in Educational field, with a national range that made ENEM preparation available to more than 12.000 students from all over Brazil. He believes that a personalized learning approach is the way to improve Education.

Vanessa Retek Ferreira

Commercial, Digital Marketing and Market Intelligence Director

At Scaffold participates directly in the expansion of business to new markets and segments. She is responsible for strengthening the brand image, transmitting the company’s mission, values and assists in optimizing the results of internal processes.

She worked for 9 years at Holding Itaú Unibanco, leading the structuring of strategies focused on new products resulting in increased revenue or reduced costs operating on the technology, projects, processes and planning fronts. She also worked for 5 years at Paschoalotto Bauru, where she was the Head of Innovation. Vanessa operates in the areas of Technology and Innovation since 2005.

Graduated in Computer Science from Universidade Ibirapuera (SP), she also has a Postgraduation in the same area from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (SP). She obtained Master Black Belt certifications at Fundação Vanzolini – USP, and executive leadership development by Fundação Dom Cabral. In order to contribute to the development of the Bauru region, she also has an agenda as an advisor to the Municipal Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation.

We are a solid company with a multidisciplinary team formed by more than 60 specialists. Programmers, designers, content producers, video editors, administrators, sales representatives and many other professionals who make up a team of passionate and motivated by results through learning.