Technology Manager

My name is Tiago de Santana and I work for Life Terra Foundation. Today, I work as Technology Manager helping to “translate” the foundation needs into technical tasks.

Meet the professional

Today I am responsible for developing and implementing several informational systems in the
foundation. It is necessary a lot of “soft skills” to manage a very broad team of experts but also a lot of technical skills in order to be able make the necessary decisions to the role. I always liked Math and physics and when I was graduating, the country I was living was having an “engineering” boom, which made me choose the engineering career path. Nevertheless, when I graduated the engineering job market was heavily affected and I shifted my career more towards IT.

Tiago de Santana​​​​​​​


Find out the key skills to becoming a Technology Manager


Problem Solving

All your tasks should be linked to solving a problem.

Analytical Reasoning

Making sure you know why you do something will help you convince your team/client of it.


We work in teams, so collaborating with your peers is extremely important.

Critical Thinking

Always be critical to make sure we are doing the right thing.

Medical Empathy

I am always trying to put myself in the position of my user/collaborator to better understand their pains.


Requirements and needs are constantly changing, we need to be able to adapt fast in order not loose time/opportunities.

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Advice to take away

Focus more on learning how to learn, how to look for information, rather learning specific topics.


The SEER receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme project The SEER (Grant agreement: 101058569) coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN).

The overarching objective of the SEER project is to provide a set of roadmaps that will pave the way for the policy and institutional changes necessary for the large-scale implementation and mainstreaming of STE(A)M education in Europe. The project will synthesise the status of STE(A)M Education and evaluate gaps in European policies and initiatives while analysing the needs of teachers and schools to support the design of a set of milestones and strategies for key stakeholders, including policymakers, school decision makers, teachers, and industry.

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