Viriato Soromenho-Marques is professor at the Departments of Philosophy and European Studies of the University of Lisbon and he's the Scientific Coordinator of the Gulbenkian Environment Program. Since 1978 he has been engaged in the civic environmental movement in Portugal and Europe. He was Chairman of Quercus between 1992 and 1995 and is member of the National Council on Environment and Sustainable Development since 1998. Viriato Soromenho-Marques was Vice-Chair of the European Environmental and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils network (2001-2006) and one of the twelve members of the High Level Group on Energy and Climate Change by invitation of the President of the European Commission (2007-2010). He wrote about three hundred works on philosophy, environment and international relations issues. In 1997 he was distinguished by the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic with the Order of Merit and with the Order of Infante D. Henrique in 2006.
He was a speaker at the panel "Global Threats & Security Challenges" (May, 6th).