António Saraiva – President of CIP – Confederation of Portuguese Business

António Saraiva

António Saraiva was born in 1953, has two children and four grandchildren and is the President of CIP – Confederation of Portuguese Business since January of 2011. He was President of CIP – Confederation of Portuguese Industry form January of 2010 to January 2011. Director of the Metalúrgica Luso-Italiana since 1989 and its Administrator since 1992, he has bought the company from the Mello Group in 1996, currently holding the position of Chairman of the Administration Board.


Emma Marcegaglia – President of BUSINESSEUROPE

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Emma Marcegaglia has been President of BUSINESSEUROPE since July 2013 and is Chairman and CEO of Marcegaglia Holding S.p.A. and of Marcegaglia Investments Srl, the holding company of diversified activities of the group. She is Chairman of ENI since May 2014, Chairman of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) since November 2014 and President of Luiss Guido Carli University since July 2010. Mrs Marcegaglia was President of Confindustria from May 2008 until May 2012. She sits on several boards and holds a Degree in Business Administration, with first class honours, at the Bocconi University in Milano and a Master in Business Administration at the University of New York.


António Costa – Prime Minister of Portugal



Lawyer. He was member of Lisbon City Council – 1982/1993. We was deputy of the Assembly of Republic – 1991/2004. He was alderman of Loures City Hall – 1993/1995. He was Secretary of State of the Parliamentary Affairs of the XIII Government between 1995 and 1997, and Minister of the Parliament Affairs between November 1997 and October 1999. He was Minister of Justice – from October 1999 to April 2002. He was President of Socialist Partys’ Parliament Group from April 2002 to March 2004. He was Deputy to the European Parliament from June 2004 to March 2005 and Vice-President of the European Parliament. He was Minister of State and Internal Administration of the XVII Government from March 2005 to May 2007. He was Mayor of Lisbon City Hall from the 1st of August 2007 to the 6th of April 2015. He was Member of the Regions’ Committee between 2010 and 2015. He was Chairman of the Metropolitan Lisbon Area from the 4th November 2013 to the 6th of April 2015. He is General Secretary of the Socialist Party since the 22nd of November 2014.


Augusto Santos Silva – Minister of Foreign Affairs


Augusto Santos Silva was born in Oporto in 1956. He has a PhD in Sociology from ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (1992). He is Professor in Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto. Member of the XVIII Government, as Minister of National Defense (2009-2011). Member of the XVII Government. as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs (2005-2009). Deputy of the Assembly of Republic, representing Oporto’s constituency (between 2002 and 2005, and in 2011, effectively; with his functions suspended between 2005 and 2011 because he was a member of the Government). Member of the XIV Government, first as Secretary of State of Educational Administration (1999-2000), afterwards as Minister of Education (2000-2001), and then as Minister of Culture (2001-2002). Dean of Universidade do Porto (1998-1999). Chairman of the scientific council of Faculdade de Economia do Porto (1998-1999). Affiliated in Socialist Party since 1990, he is – nowadays – member of its national political commission. He has several books published related to Sociology and Political Ideas.


Manuel Caldeira Cabral – Minister of Economy


Manuel Caldeira Cabral was born in Lisbon, in 1968. He is member of the Assembly of the Republic elected by Braga district since October 2015. He was Professor of Economy in Universidade do Minho since 2004. He was columnist in Jornal de Negócios since 2007. He represented the Socialist Party during the negotiation process of European Union financial funds («Portugal 2020») in 2013 and 2014. He was an invited researcher in World Bank Department of Commerce Investigation and Economic Integration, in Washington, in 2012. He was economic advisor of the Minister of State and Finance between 2009 and 2011 and economic advisor of the Minister of Economy and Innovation in 2009.  He was researcher of the Economy Department of Nottingham University during his PhD. He was advisor of the Economy Department of Universidade do Minho until he finished his PhD. He was advisor of the Portuguese Insurers Association (1991-1992). While he was studying, he worked as a journalist in Diário Económico and Semanário Económico (1988-91).


Román Escolano – Vice-President of the European Investment Bank


Román Escolano has been a Vice President of the European Investment Bank since September 2014. Mr. Escolano has particular responsibility for the Bank’s activities in Spain, Portugal, Maghreb countries and Latin America. Mr. Escolano is also chairman of the Marguerite Fund, a pan-European equity fund. Mr. Escolano has held a range of posts in both the private and public sectors. He was previously Chairman of Instituto de Crédito Oficial, the Spanish national promotional bank. Amongst other positions, he has been Director of Institutional Relations at BBVA and Director of the Economics Department at the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office. In 1989, Mr. Escolano became “State Economist and Trade Expert” of the Spanish Administration through an open competition exam. He holds an Economics degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.


Maria João Rodrigues – Vice-President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament


Maria João Rodrigues, currently Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group Vice-President in charge of Economic and Social Policies, was Minister of Employment in Portugal and has been a policy maker working in several posts in the European Institutions since 2000, notably in the leading teams at EU Presidency. In academic terms, she was professor of European economic policies in the European Studies Institute – Université Libre de Bruxelles and in the Lisbon University Institute. She was also the chair of the European Commission Advisory Board for socio-economic sciences.


Nicolas Buck – President of Fedil – Business Federation Luxembourg


Nicolas Buck is an entrepreneur. He cofounded a company called Victor Buck Services in 2000 that grew from 2 staff to 200, which was sold in 2012. Over the last years Nicolas has set up new startups or funded new ventures. In 2016 Nicolas was elected chairman of Fedil. A graduate in economics at the University of Bath, he is also a Wirtschaftsingenieur from the Hochschule für Druck und Medien in Stuttgart. Nicolas sits on various boards in the banking sector and in private equity and was elected Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2004.


Loïc Armand – Chairman of the European Committee at MEDEF (France)

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Loïc Armand holds a degree in economics and is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1975) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (1980). Mr Armand is currently President of L’OREAL France, the French subsidiary of L’OREAL Group as well the Group Senior President for Institutionnal Affairs. Loïc Armand is a board member of the Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté (FEBEA). He is also President of the European Cosmetics Association (Cosmetics Europe) and Vice President Western Europe of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA). Other responsibilities include Vice President of the French Advertisers’ Association (UDA), and President of the European Committee of MEDEF.


Guillermo Ulacia – President of the Industry and Energy Committee of CEOE


He is chairman of FEMETAL (Asturias Steel & Transformation Enterprises Association) and chairman of the Industry and Energy Committee of CEOE.  It is a responsibility he combines with his advisory activity in private investment funds, as well as sitting on several boards of directors of companies related with the chemical, engineering and energy sectors.  Some key positions held on his professional career are: Chairman and CEO of Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica, Senior Executive Vice-President of Arcelor Flat Carbon sector, Chairman of Sidmar, Chairman of Cockerill Sambre, Vice-President of Manufacturing – General Motors Spain, Chairman of Steel 24-7, Chairman of Innobasque (Innovation Agency of Pays Basque).


Markus Beyrer – Director General of BUSINESSEUROPE

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Markus J. Beyrer has been Director General of BUSINESSEUROPE since late 2012. Prior to this he held the positions of CEO of the Austrian Industry Holding ÖIAG, Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) and Director for Economic Affairs of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Mr Beyrer read Law and Commercial Sciences in Vienna, graduating in Law at the University of Vienna. Later he completed postgraduate studies in European Law at the Danube University in Krems (Austria) and the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Mr Beyrer is married with two children.


Luís Mira Amaral – President of CIP’s Council of Industry


Electrotechnical Engineering Degree from IST (Lisbon), Masters in Economics at NOVA School of Business and Economics, Postgraduate in Management (Stanford Executive Program), at the University of Stanford. He was the Minister of Employment and Social Security (1985-87) and Minister of Industry and Energy (1987-95). Currently, he is the CEO of Banco BIC Português SA, Professor of Economics and Management at IST (Lisbon), Board Member of Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, SA and Chairman of CIP’s Councils of Energy and Industry.


José Silva Peneda – Principal Adviser of the President of the European Commission for European Social Policy


Has a Degree in Economics (U.P.). Has a diploma in Development Administration (Institute of Social Studies – The Hague). Member of the Portuguese National Assembly and of the Municipal Assembly of Maia. Secretary of State of Regional and Local Administration. Minister if Employment and Social Security. Personal representative of the Prime Minister on transeuropean networks. Member of the European Parliament. President of the Economic and Social Council (CES, Portugal). Principal Adviser of the President of the European Commission.


Renate Hornung-Draus – Chair of BUSINESSEUROPE’s Social Affairs Committee


Renate Hornung-Draus is Managing Director and Director of European and international affairs of the Confederation of German Employers – BDA. She is Chair of BUSINESSEUROPE’s Social Affairs Committee, Vice President of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and Employer-Vice-Chair of the ILO-Governing Body Subcommittee on Multinational enterprises. She has numerous publications in the field of European social policy and industrial relations and holds a degree in Economics from the University of Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany).


Gonçalo Lobo Xavier – Vice-President and EESC member in representation of CIP

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Current position since January 2013: Adviser of the Board at AIMMAP – Association of Portuguese Metallurgical, Mechanical Engineering and Similar Industrial Companies. Vice-President for Communication at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels since October 2015. Gonçalo has a 5 years degree in Business & Administration from University of Minho – Portugal. Gonçalo has an Internet Marketing Certificate (2000) by University of West Florida, USA. He studied and worked for 8 months in Finland (Mikkeli) in a marketing research project and lived, study and worked one year in the USA (Pensacola, FL).


Nelson Fontainhas – Partner at Deloitte Portugal

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Partner at Deloitte Portugal with over 16 years of experience in strategic and operation consulting. He is a part of the consulting division for the Manufacturing, Consumer Business, Energy & Resources, Aviation & Transport Servicer sectors, where, besides other responsibilities, he leads the Industry 4.0 Program within Deloitte Portugal. He has a degree in Business Management and Organization from ISCTE.


Koen De Backer – OECD – Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI)


Koen De Backer is a Senior Economist in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI) of the OECD. He coordinates the activities of the Working Party on Globalisation of Industry analyzing the linkages between globalization and STI in a broad sense, and their direct effects on government policy. He is one of the persons leading the OECD work on Global Value Chains and Trade in Value Added. Mr. De Backer joined the OECD in 2006 and has worked on different topics in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry and the Statistics Directorate. Mr. De Backer holds a PhD degree of the K.U. Leuven (Belgium) and a Master of Business Administration degree of the K.U.Leuven/UCI (USA).


Lars Mikkelgaard-Jensen – President of DI – Confederation of Danish Industry


Lars Mikkelgaard-Jensen is Chairman of IBM Denmark. He joined IBM in 1983 and has held a number of Senior Management positions in IBM Denmark and IBM Europe. Previous to his current job, Lars Mikkelgaard-Jensen was Country General Manager for IBM Denmark 2004-2014. He also serves on external company boards, and has previously been Chairman of the Danish National Innovation Council, Chairman of Danish Design Center and board member of the Danish National Growth Fund. Lars Mikkelgaard-Jensen has a Master of Economics degree from the University of Copenhagen.


Stefan Mair – Member of the Executive Council of BDI – Federation of German Industries


Dr. Stefan Mair studied Political Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. In 1992 he was awarded his doctorate in Political Sciences. In the following years he worked as an advisor on Africa at the Foundation for Science and Politics (SWP). From 2002 to 2010 he was a member of the management of the SWP and from 2007 to 2009 he also held the post of director of research. In 2010 Dr. Stefan Mair moved to the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Since 1st November 2010 he has been a member of the general directorate of the BDI.


Jorge Portugal – General Manager of COTEC Portugal


Jorge Portugal was born on 27/04/1964, in Porto, is married and has a daughter. He is the Director-General of COTEC Portugal, business association for cooperation in technological innovation. He was an adviser of the President of the Republic for innovation and of the Government of Portugal for the modernisation of public services. He has experience on the information technology and communication sectors. Has a degree, a masters and a PhD form Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon). Has an MBA from the School of Economics of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.


Fernando Sousa – Administrator of CEI – Companhia de Equipamentos Industriais, Lda.


Professional Activity to date: 1995 – Managing partner at CEI – Companhia de Equipamentos Industriais, Lda.; 1997 – Administrator of ZIPOR – Equipamentos e Tecnologia Industrial, SA; 2001 – Managing partner of INOCAM – Soluções de Manufactura Assistida por Computador, Lda; 2010 – Vice-President of AIMMAP – Associação dos Industriais Metalúrgicos Metalomecânicos e Afins of Portugal; 2011 – Member of the Administration Council of CENFIM; 2015 – Chairman of the Board of PRODUTECH; 2013 – Chairman of AFTEM; 2009 – Member of the High Level Group of the European Technological Platform MANUFACTURE. Academic Qualifications: Degree in Electrotechnical and Computing Engineering; Masters in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering from IST (Lisbon).


José Manuel Fernandes – Member of the European Parliament


Member of the European Parliament since 2009, where he is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP). He has the mayor of Vila Verde (1997-2009) and elected Member of the National Assembly as head of the PSD list from Braga in 1999. He is the Chair of the PSD Braga District Committee, President of the General Assembly of Sporting Clube de Braga and Honorary President of ACES Europe. At the European Parliament, he is the coordinator of the EPP at the Committee on Budgets and was the rapporteur of the European Union’s Budget for 2016 and of the European Fund for Strategic Investments.


João Castello Branco – President of the Executive Board of SEMAPA

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Portuguese Nationality. Born on October 24, 1960. Holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa (Portugal) and MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau). João has been since July 2015, the CEO at Semapa – Sociedade de Investimento e Gestão, SGPS, S.A.. Previously, João has worked at McKinsey & Company as Partner and Director of the Iberia Office where he led the Lisbon Office and later moving to Madrid. He was core leader of the McKinsey Banking and Securities Practice, as well as the Insurance Practice, where he led Corporate Finance. João is also Vice-Chairman of the Board at The Navigator Company and Secil since 2015.


João Almeida Lopes – Vice President of CIP

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Chairman of APIFARMA – Associação Portuguesa da Indústria Farmacêutica, since 2007 and Director-General and President of the Medinfar Group since 1990, he is Vice-President of CIP’s General Council since April of 2014. Between 1996 and 2011 he held the vice-presidency and presidency of the Board of IBET – Insitituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica and, since 2008, he is the Chairman of the Board of Genibet Biopharmaceuticals, S.A.. He has a Degree in Finance from the Instituto Superior de Economia, in Lisbon.