Belmiro de Azevedo is a charismatic entrepreneur and leader of the Portuguese larger non-financial economic group. He is graduated in Chemistry Engineering and also studied in Harvard, Stanford and Wharton Universities. He started is professional course in 1963, as a technician in textile industry, before entering Sonae, in 1965. Besides standing as chairman of Sonae SGPS and CEO of Sonae Capital, he is president of the General Council of Oporto’s Management School, member of the Board of COTEC-Portugal and of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He also participates in the International Advisory Board of Allianz AG and is a founding member of Forum Manufacture Portugal.