Maria Joao Rodrigues de Araujo is a Fellow in Music at the University of Oxford. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Music from the University of Oxford, Christ Church College. She holds a Bachelor of Music (BMus Hons) from the University of London, and a Licenciatura Degree (a four year undergraduate degree) in Music Sciences from the University Nova of Lisbon, Portugal. Previous appointments include Royal Opera House Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford; Fellow of Christ Church College, University of Oxford; Rapporteur for the European Commission; Steering Committee of RESEO (European Network for Opera, Dance and Music Education), Brussels; Visiting Professor in various universities in Europe and America, and Director of Education and Research at Casa da Música, Porto. In parallel, she carries out extensive humanitarian work: she is a Dame of the Order of Malta (The Sovereign and Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta), a Dame of the Holy Sepulchre (Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem), and the International President of ANDI New Dialogue Organization.
«Since my teenage years, I have been volunteering and lending my skills to international humanitarian organizations. In the global panorama ANDI stands out because of its unique culture and strategic combination of education, activation, transformational action and solidarity. I became truly passionate about ANDI. It brings me great joy to see the impact of ANDI’s work on people’s lives across the world, the smiles on their faces and how it benefits them in the long term. I challenge you to get involved as well. Together we can build a better, more dignified and more humane world!»