Born in Baucau municipality, Mana Macu commenced her nursing studies in Eastern Indonesia in 1997 and gained her degree in Public Health from UNPAZ University, Dili.
She volunteered for a year until 2001 providing primary health care at BETHESDA, a private organisation working with refugees. From 2001-2004 she worked as a nurse at Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) and then moved to work for the United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNMISET) in its hospital.
In order to gain more experience in Public Health, she decided to join the Alola Foundation in 2005 as the National Breastfeeding Association Coordinator. From 2009-2013 she served as Maternal and Child Health Coordinator and later in 2014 she was promoted to the role of Alola’s Maternal and Child Health Program Manager.
In January 2020 Mana Macu was appointed as the CEO of Fundasaun Alola. In addition, she was also involved in the International Baby Food Action Network of Southeast Asia (IBFAN SEA), as well as a member of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Furthermore she is also a member of Timor-Leste’s National Committee of Breast Cancer and was recently elected onto the Board of Timor-Leste’s Women’s Network.