Alan holds a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Derby (England) and holds a degree in Economics and Mathematics from Cornell University (United States). He worked at Wall Street (NY Financial Market) for several years, and was a director and VP at major banks such as Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Barclays and UBS.
Many years before his 16-year financial career, Alan went to live in India during one of his school holidays. There he began his meditation practice and study that accompanies him to this day. In the 1990s, at age 22, he founded one of the first Latin American Internet startups, Empresa.Com, and an NGO, Tribo.Net, which empowered hundreds of other NGOs in the new internet world. Later Alan moved to the USA to finish his studies and went to work in investment banks in New York.
At age 39, back in Brazil, Alan left the financial market, rescued his vocation to teach meditation and started to spread a new kind of spiritual path, based on the contextual sciences of behavior, Functional Mindfulness. Today he lives in São Paulo and acts as a coach, speaker, writer and teacher. He is a member of the British Psychological Society and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.