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Inspiring beyond the recruitment world

Harpoon is a breakthrough in the market, driven by purpose.

We are invested in reinventing executive search.


At Harpoon, our ultimate ambition is inspiring beyond the recruitment world.

We aim for leaders. We believe being a leader is not a question of age or market share. It’s a matter of talent.

We want talented leaders to reach their highest professional aspirations. We see their uniqueness and help craft their professional stories.

We want leading Companies to stay ahead of the curve. We are present at every milestone to create and nurture the best teams.

We keep our eyes open for both players: the candidates and the companies. Those who make themselves known and whose names are never forgotten.

We are not scared of change — we aim for it. That's how we are reinventing executive search today, for the leaders of tomorrow.

We'll continue leading the way, ahead of the game.

Management team

Matthieu Douziech

Founder & CSO

Passionate about people, Matthieu created Harpoon after 12 years of international HR experience in order to fix the “broken” recruiting system. He faced the daunting task of hiring great talent through the existing sourcing tools and dreamt of a solution that would turn the recruitment process into what everyone’s been hoping for. This solution is

Eduardo Mendes

Managing Partner

Eduardo Mendes has 18 years of professional experience devoted to Human Resources management. His career has spanned across financial institutions, retail industry, consumer goods, and consultancy, always within an international environment. He is also a guest lecturer at Nova SBE on topics related to HR Strategy and Talent Management. He is passionate about solving problems, people, business and, perhaps chief among them all, the thrill of being constantly learning.

Elísio Sousa


HR consultant with international experience in Brussels and in Johannesburg, Elísio is experienced in executive search and digital sourcing operations. As a fast-paced learner with a huge drive for results, Elísio ensures successful operations while keeping his eyes open for both players in the process: the candidates and the companies.

Nuno Feijoca

Head of Recruitment

People orientation, mobilising and transforming teams towards demanding goals and new ways of working. With 11 years in FMCG, combined and differentiating experience in Marketing & Sales, E-Commerce and Strategy. At the end of 2018, embraced a significant challenge in Human Resources to bring a business perspective to the HR practice.

Mauro Silva

Team Leader

While working in top & middle management projects in which my focus is on the candidate’s experience, I ensure our clients get the best talents available. I’m results-oriented, with an exceptional work ethic and a passion for meeting and working with different realities with our clients.

Sara Madeira


Ensuring that every candidate has a seamless recruitment process and companies get top talents is my focus. My background in management and international experience makes it so that I always bring a lot of motivation for all projects and quickly adapt to new circumstances, essential skills in an industry that is ever-changing as human resources.

Sónia Lourenço


People-oriented, dynamic and persuasive. With six years of experience in sales and marketing, I transitioned into talent acquisition, excelling in direct sourcing and providing the best candidate experience possible. My goal is always to build strong relationships with clients and candidates while offering them the best opportunities. When it comes to achieving ambitious goals, you can count on me to go the extra mile. 

Teresa Zilhão


I’m passionate about helping people improve their lives, and that’s why I’ve dedicated my training and career to human resources, both in the private and social services sector. Throughout my career I’ve worked in training and recruitment projects, professional integration services and team management. I’m focused on obtaining the best possible results for every recruitment process through thorough and methodical study of both the client and candidate’s needs.

António Campos

Recruitment Trainee

With an academic background in human resources management, I look to search and empower our talented candidates by introducing them to challenges in which their skills will help companies satisfy their current needs. Understanding the current necessities and realities of our clients across different sectors drives me. I consider myself a team player who has a deep appreciation for overcoming challenges with mutual help and togetherness.

Frederico Sassetti

Growth Manager

Passionate about being involved in disruptive projects that help both businesses and people thrive, Frederico works closely with the management team to ensure that Harpoon meets its growth objectives while establishing close, long-term relationships with strategic partners.

Talent partners

Tânia Costa

Head of Development







Céline Abecassis- Moedas


Céline holds a PhD in Business Strategy (École Polytechnique, Paris), a Masters in Management (Université Paris Dauphine) and a BA in Economics and Management (École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and La Sorbonne). She is Director of Executive Education, founder and Academic Director of the Center for Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor in the areas of Strategy and Innovation at CATÓLICA-LISBON. Affiliated Professor at ESCP Europe, where he holds the Chair "Fashion and Technology". Non-executive director of CTT and José de Mello Saúde. She was a professor at Queen Mary University of London and worked as a strategy consultant at AT Kearney in London and as a Product Manager at Lectra in New York

Gilda Raposo


The people that know Gilda will tell you that she is a People person and her drive is helping others . Her multicultural profile and more than 25 years of HRD experience has reinforced her belief that there is not a "coffee for all": each person is unique and it is not what you do but the way that you do things that will make the difference in your and people's life. Because we share the same vision, ethics and passion for people, that Gilda is since the early stage always genuinely available to contribute with new ideas and advice to help us to successfully make the difference and serve our clients and candidates to reach their ambitions.

Rui Domingos


Investment banker with M&A and corporate finance experience in Lisbon and in London, private equitier and executive board member at an industrial services Portuguese SME, Rui is also advising innovative companies as well as investing in SME with challenging development strategies. He has a strong background in finance and operational management.

Domingos Folque Guimarães


Serial entrepreneur in the tech ad. and entertainment industry, he's now focused on growing his new code school social impact project: Code For All & ubbu. Domingos is mentor of the year at Start-up Lisboa and jury at Portugal Ventures. He speaks 5 languages, has lived 10 years in London, 2 in Madrid, and traveled extensively around the world.