Our job is to help you get your dream job.

Our job is to help you get your dream job.

Aela is an online education platform established and registered in Estonia. We help people on their path to changing careers, qualifying them for the international job market in the fields of UX, Design, and Digital Products. Our goal is to improve your life quality through design and innovation, whether you’re just curious, starting out, or an experienced professional.

Teachers and mentors

Meet our high-level team, with international experience.

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Felipe Melo Linkedin

FOUNDER

Residing in Europe since 2015, Felipe is a Lead Designer with more than 15 years of experience in the field, a certified master in UX by the Nielsen Norman Group, and is currently attending Design Management at Northumbria University. He has worked with world-known enterprises (Pivotal Labs, VMware, SAP, Microsoft, and CEMEX) and startups in the UK, Europe, Mexico, the US, Australia, Canada, and Brazil. He also founded a Design studio in Brazil and was ahead of the Choco La Design blog for three years until focusing exclusively on Aela School.

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Rick Freitas Linkedin

LEAD MENTOR, PRODUCT DESIGN

Designer with 12 years of experience, currently living in Dubai/UAE. He is a consultant and mentor, serving major brands in various markets, driving strategy projects, and developing digital products and services. He is specialized in strategic business management by FIAP/SP, and besides being our lead mentor, Rick also works as a Senior Product Designer at Property Finder.

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Naima Barbosa Linkedin

MENTORA, PRODUCT DESIGN

Naima is one of our mentors and a UX Specialist at ING France. She has been working with design since 2004 and currently lives in Paris. She previously worked as a UX Specialist for Bla Bla Car, Paris, and in Brazil, UX Lead at Santander Bank. Naima is also a specialist in Soft Ergonomics.

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Felippe de Pin Linkedin

MENTOR, PRODUCT DESIGN

Felippe is a mentor at Aela and is currently helping build a new product for safety and compliance for trucking companies in the US. Formerly, he was the Head of Product Design at Zenklub, Sr. UX Designer at Twill (Maersk) in The Netherlands, and UX Manager at Senior Systems. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Felippe participated in podcasts and live events talking about design, career, and leadership.

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Bruno Duarte Linkedin

MENTOR, PRODUCT DESIGN

Professional with more than ten years of experience in UX and related areas. Besides being our mentor, Bruno is the Lead Product Designer at Farfetch in Lisbon. He has previously worked at Philips Design (Health Information Technology division), Senior Systems, and digital agencies serving clients such as Nestlé, Bunge, and the Federal Government of Brazil.

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Guilherme Rodrigues Linkedin

MENTOR, PRODUCT DESIGN

Guilherme has lived in Dubai for the last decade, and worked as a designer at TOTVS, HP, and TOPTAL. He currently works at First Abu Dhabi Bank, the most preeminent banking institution in the UAE, where he leads the design team of Payit. He firmly believes in collaborative work to develop better digital products. Guilherme has an academic background in software but chose to specialize in design thinking.