Governance

We are delighted to announce all members of the Advisory, Academic and Students Boards who supports the Estoril Conferences in the strategic overview, adding different perspectives, expertise and knowledge, towards a sustainable, inclusive and liberal future for all.

Organization & Host

Nova School of Business and Economics takes the lead as Host the Organization of the Estoril Conferences, along with the Municipality of Cascais as the Co-Host. 

Nova School of Business & Economics

Nova SBE

The Estoril Conferences is now part of Nova School of Business & Economics.

Part of Nova University of Lisbon and with 40 years of consistent growth, Nova SBE is among the top worldwide rankings, with triple crown accreditations, and member of several top-level organizations of leading international business schools, internationally recognized for its high-quality standards.

A school for all who believes in a brighter and better future and committed to participating in the positive transformation of our world. A space where ideas and ideals can flourish safely, freely.

We believe we have a commitment to every single person who continues to wonder, discover, create. To all of those who keep trying to improve themselves and create meaningful impact. We believe we should support those who strive to be better: as people, professionals, leaders, and citizens.

Tomorrow as yesterday, we are a school with a role to play. A role we cannot avoid or delay.

Cascais Municipality

Municipality of Cascais

Privileged located on the Atlantic Coast, Cascais has been on the spotlight as an exclusive tourist destination, but also for hosting several international conferences and events.

Historically, Cascais was the famous refuge for the European aristocracy and elite. From kings to diplomats, filmmakers and cinema artists, to writers, businessmen and bankers, they all arrived attracted by its safe environment (endured by Portugal’s neutrality in conflict), mild climate, clear waters, luxury hotels, and the Estoril Casino – where Ian Fleming’s was inspired to film the first James Bond novel «Casino Royale».

Times changed, yet the charm, glamour and essence still remain. Among the «2014 Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100» and awarded in 2014 with the «Climate Star Award» and «Vistas – VISION Innovation for Sustainable Tourism Awards», Cascais has been focused on accomplishing diverse policies and initiatives for decarbonization and environment sustainability.

Advisory Board

It is with great pleasure that the Estoril Conferences officially welcome their members of the Advisory Board, delighted to collaborate together to bring an effective change toward a sustainable, inclusive, and liberal future for all.

António Simões​

António Simões

António Pedro Dos Santos Simões is a global banking executive who was appointed as Santander Regional Head of Europe on 1 September 2020 where he is a member of the Group management committee. Previously, he was at HSBC for 13 years where he led a number of businesses both in London and Hong Kong serving as head of global private banking at HSBC, becoming HSBC Group Managing Director in 2016. Simões former appointments include: Chief Executive of HSBC UK; Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Europe; and Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Executive and Group Head of Strategy and Planning. Simões was also formerly the Chairman of the Practitioner Panel of the FCA, a Partner of McKinsey & Company and an Associate at Goldman Sachs.

António Simões was born in Lisbon, Portugal, where he graduated in economics at the Nova School of Business and Economics. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University. He graduated with honours and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma honour society. Simões attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy program at Harvard Kennedy school, program designed by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the World Economic Forum for Young Global Leaders.

António Simões is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion and has been recognised for his contributions by several organisations.

Luís Amado

Chairman of the general and supervisory board of EDP – Energias De Portugal.  

Graduated in economy, has been member of the assembly of the Republic, Secretary of State, internal administration and foreign affairs and cooperation, Minister of Defense and Minister of Foreign Affairs. 

Visiting professor at University of Georgetown and Paris School of International affairs SciencesPo and guest teacher of lnstituto Superior of social and political sciences. 

 

Among other functions integrates Sonae’s global advisory board, ė Chairman of the general assembly of Tabaqueira S.A., curator of the foundation East and Francisco Manuel dos santos foundation. Member of European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He received the great cross of the order of Christ and various awards from foreign governments. 

Maria Angela Holguin​

Maria Angela Holguin

Was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia from 2010 to 2018 and also served as the 25th Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, and as Ambassador of Colombia to Venezuela. Holguin served as Minister of Foreign Affairs for 25 years.

Holguín’s ambassadorship in Venezuela was overall seen as the tacit endorsement that enabled her to tackle the diplomatic détente between the sister nations, while her work with the Development Bank of Latin America signaled the then president-elect Juan Manual Santos’ desire to strengthen ties with the rest of the continent.

Paulo Portas​

Paulo Portas

Paulo Portas served as Portugal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister, responsible for economic coordination, investment and exports between 2011 and 2015. He also served as the Minister of Defense (2002-2005). He was leader of the center-right CDS-PP for 16 years, eight of them while in government. MP for eight terms.

Paulo Portas graduated in Law from Catholic University of Lisbon, is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Italian, and teaches Geo-economics and International Relations in Nova SBE University, IE and Pontificia Comillas in Madrid and Emirates Diplomatic Academy (Abu Dhabi). He directs seminars on Economic Diplomacy for multinational corporations, he’s a frequent speaker in international conferences and he is also a regular commentator of international politics with a leading Sunday night program called “Global” on TVI.

In 2016, he withdrew from party politics and came back to the private sector. He became the Chairman of the International Strategic Council of Mota-Engil, the largest Portuguese infrastructure company for Latin America. He was member of the international board of Pemex Gas (Mexico) and deputy Chairman of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a founding partner of Vinciamo Consulting (strategic analysis and business intelligence), focused in advising business internationalization in Africa, Latin America, GCC and Asia. He is also member of the board of Trustees of Fundação Champalimaud.

Solveigh Hieronimus ​

Solveigh Hieronimus

Solveigh Hieronimus co-leads McKinsey’s global Center for Government (MCG) as Senior Partner in Munich, serving public sector clients on a broad range of topics, covering education, employment, public health, and public finance, with a special focus on structural reforms and the Future of Work.

Before joining McKinsey, Solveigh held various positions at the United Nations, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan. She studied in Oxford, Madrid, and Paris and has a Master’s degree in economics as well as a Diplôme de Grande Ecole from ESCP-EAP European School of Management. In addition, she holds a Master’s in public administration (MPA), with a focus on development finance and security policy, from Columbia University, in New York.

Solveigh’s main professional interests lie at the heart of the European Union with all its opportunities and current challenges—supporting both European governments and EU institutions on some of their highest priority topics, including digital and artificial intelligence as well as up-and reskilling strategies. She is a Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum and supports both European governments and EU institutions on their highest priority topics (future of work, digital, AI, rethinking strategies).

Academic Board

The Estoril Conferences are delighted to collaborate with this Academic Board to bring an effective change toward a sustainable, inclusive, and liberal future for all.

Catherine Da Silveira​

Catherine Da Silveira

CEMS Academic Director and Lecturer at Nova SBE. CEMS is a global Alliance of 34 leading Business Schools from 5 continents and more than 70 Corporate and Social Organizations, dedicated to educating future generations of international business leaders.

Member of the France’s Foreign Trade Advisors, she is coordinating consulting projects for companies and NGOs in areas such as purpose branding and sustainable consumption. Before joining the academic world, she worked for the L’Oréal Group as a Marketing Executive across divisions and countries.

 

Cátia Batista​

Cátia Batista

Cátia Batista is Associate Professor of Economics at Nova University Lisbon, where she is also Founder and Scientific Director of the NOVAFRICA research center. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.

Batista’s research interests relate to international migration and remittance flows, mobile money, entrepreneurship, technology adoption, education and policy evaluation. Her work has involved randomized and lab-in-the-field experiments in countries such as Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ireland, Kenya, Portugal, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe. Cátia has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, and Notre Dame University.

She is currently a Research Fellow at the international research centers CReAM (London, United Kingdom) and IZA (Bonn, Germany). Previously, Batista worked at the International Monetary Fund and the Portuguese Catholic University and consulted for the World Bank and the International Growth Center. Her academic work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Development Economics, and the World Bank Economic Review.

Claire Bright​

Claire Bright

Claire Bright is Assistant Professor in Private Law and the Director of the Nova Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment at Nova Law School in Lisbon, as well as an Associate Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. She holds a PhD in International Law from the European University Institute, an LL.M in Private International Law and International Commercial Law from La Sorbonne Law School and a Double Bachelor’s degree in French and English Laws from UPEC.

Claire regularly organizes short courses, events and trainings in the field of Business and Human Rights. Her work to date has resulted in a number of peer-reviewed scientific publications in English, French, Italian and Spanish. In addition, she has acted as a consultant and contributed to various expert studies and policy reports for NGOs, Governments, as well as European and International organizations; including a study for the European Parliament on Access to legal remedies for victims of corporate human rights abuses in third countries, and a study for the European Commission on due diligence requirements through the supply chains.

Dirk van Dierendonck

Dirk van Dierendonck

Dirk van Dierendonck is professor of HRM, in particular leadership and management development at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His areas of expertise include human resource management, leadership and leadership development, positive organizational scholarship, well-being and measurement development. He recently finished a four-year term as Dean of Faculty / Vice-Dean of RSM. He is co-founder of the Erasmus Centre for Leadership.  His work has been published in books, and in over 70 scholarly articles, including the major academic journals.

Milton de Sousa​

Milton de Sousa

Milton de Sousa is Associate Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics and Visiting Professor at KEIO Business School (Tokyo), SASIN (Bangkok) and the American University in Cairo. He held the positions of Associate Dean for Institutional Relations and International Development and Academic Director of CEMS MIM at Nova SBE. Previously, he was Director of the MBA Programs at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

He chaired 3 editions of the Estoril Conferences, a large international forum on globalization that gathers renowned world leaders from business, academia and public sector. In that quality he has worked with the United Nations, World Bank, European Commission, NATO, and several world-class universities. In business, Milton founded Leaders2Be, an organization that he ran for 5 years offering leadership development programs. He worked in various innovation, research and management positions, including Royal Philips Electronics, and as a strategy and management consultant at Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação and the Hay Group.

Milton is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on the topics of leadership and organizational behaviour in several universities and business schools, including numerous executive programmes with global corporations. His research interests include servant leadership, innovation and complex adaptive systems.

Nuno Severiano Teixeira

Nuno Severiano Teixeira

He is Full Professor of International Relations at NOVA University- Lisbon and the Director of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations.   

He has served as Minister of Interior (2000/ 2002) and Minister of National Defense (2006/2009) of the Portuguese Government. 

He was the Director of the National Defense Institute (1996-2000). 

He was Vice Rector of NOVA University-Lisbon.  

He was Visiting Professor at Georgetown University (2017-2019 and 2000), Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European studies, University of California, Berkeley (2004), and Senior Visiting Scholar at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies European University Institute – Florence (2010). 

He has published extensively on History of International Relations and History of European integration, Military History, Security and Defense Studies. 

Ricardo Ernst

Ricardo Ernst

Ernst holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello and an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, both in Venezuela. He received an MA degree and his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching executive education at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington, D.C., Ernst has taught in numerous global locations on nearly every continent. He is currently the managing director of Georgetown University Latin American Board. He is also the managing director of the Global Business Initiative created to distinguish the McDonough School of Business as the premier destination for global business education.

As an expert in global operations and supply chain management, Ricardo Ernst has taught more than 6,500 executives how to transform the way they conduct business in global markets, and is co-author of the book “Globalization, Competitiveness and Governability:  The Three Disruptive Forces of Business in the 21st Century” (Palgrave McMillan 2019).

Students Board

Students at Nova SBE often go beyond their traditional role to boost student involvement and interaction on campus. Clubs emerge when a group of students mobilizes around a professional goal, a common interest or an innovative idea. These groups can foster networking and create experiences that go way beyond the walls of the classrooms. Below you can find more about the clubs engaged with the Estoril Conferences.

NOVAFRICA Student Group​

NOVAFRICA Student Group

NOVAFRICA Student Group is a bridge between the NOVAFRICA Knowledge Center and students of Nova SBE. A passion for development topics is what unites us. The Group promotes and supports the Center’s events and projects, while having its own activities. During Pizza&Topic Sessions we discuss development economics topics that interest us. NSG Mentorship Program helps our students to understand better which academic and professional path they want to undertake. We engage as well in the NOVAFRICA Podcast and NOVAFRICA Blog, which are our tools to talk to other students and general audience about critical topics in development economics.

Nova SBE Students’ Union

Nova SBE Students’ Union

Nova SBE Students’ Union is the voice of all Nova SBE students. We are the bridge between the University administration and students, manage student club affairs and are responsible for giving life to the social scene at Nova.
Every time our big and motivated team decides to embrace a new project, issue or party, we do so with the goal of ultimately serving every single student, and make their voices count.

NOMA Marketing Consulting​

NOMA Marketing Consulting

NOMA is a Marketing and Strategy consulting firm, managed and composed exclusively by Nova SBE students and part of Junior Enterprises Portugal. We intend to become a reference for companies and institutions as a creative and trustworthy partner and to take an active role of trainer in the areas of Marketing and Strategy.

Nova SBE Social Consulting

Nova SBE Social Consulting

As a student-led consultancy, NSC offers a range of pro-bono advisory services for organisations in the social and environmental sector. Each team of 5 consultants will be dedicated to a client project for the duration of one semester (+/- 12 weeks).

We are one of the largests Student Clubs at Nova SBE, the leading Business School in Portugal, with 50+ active Student Consultants, conducting 10+ consulting projects in the Portuguese social sector every semester.

At Nova Social Consulting, we build bridges between Portugal’s purpose-driven social sector and the valuable tools, business acumen and insights of leading NOVA SBE students to support our clients and scale their impact in a sustainable way.

 For over a decade, we have served a wide range of clients, building capacity and accompanying them towards greater, more sustainable impact. We approach our client work with a win-win perspective: not only do we endeavour to contribute to the expansion and strengthening of our clients’ goals, but we also ensure a valuable experience for our consultants; one that will lead them on a path to become change-makers and impact-driven leaders.

Nova Junior Consulting​

Nova Junior Consulting

Nova Junior Consulting (NJC) is Nova School of Business and Economics’ student-run strategy consulting firm. We are Nova’s Junior Enterprise, and belong to the Junior Enterprises Network, a federation of national and international junior entrepreneurs. We specialize in providing strategic, financial and management consulting services by offering our clients the knowledge and skills we develop at Nova SBE. Every semester we work with companies ranging from start-ups to multinational companies and we perform pro-bono projects for NGOs, this allows our members to gain real-world working experience and develop skills which complement what they learn in class. Our members have access to exclusive trainings to develop themselves and a close contact with companies such as Deloitte, McKinsey, Kearney and BCG, where a lot of them are placed at the end of their degrees. Our ultimate aim is to create value for the entire Nova community by bringing it closer to the consulting world.

Nova SBE Awareness Club

Nova SBE Awareness Club

Nova SBE Awareness Club is meant to empower students with great economic reasoning, giving them the chance to write on a digital newspaper: The Awareness. This newspaper also has the participation of renowned economic thinkers, political figures, as well as some of the best professors from Nova SBE. We also host events throughout the academic year, where our members and renowned invitees debate current economic challenges.

Oikos Lisbon​

Oikos Lisbon

Oikos Lisbon is the social and environmental student club from Nova School of Business and Economics and the Portuguese chapter of oikos international, a student-led international organization that promotes sustainability in economics and management.

With the mission to educate and promote behavioural change towards a greener future, oikos Lisbon aims to excel in making a difference in Nova SBE’s Community. A group of open-minded, non-conforming and visionary members highly engaged in fighting environmental issues. Working with the School’s Sustainability Office, with Portuguese education and social Institutions, as well as several independent organisations widens their impact in the community.

WIB Women in Business

Nova Women in Business is an academic club based at Nova School of Business and Economics, that targets the existing gender gap in our society, specifically focusing on the business and academic world. In order to bring awareness and consciousness towards the issue of gender inequality, we engage with the university community by promoting events and discussions surrounding the need for positive change, as well as focus on the personal and professional development of our members. 

 

Our club aims at empowering young women to embrace professional and personal challenges and helping them become future successful leaders. To do so, we call on people in the academic and corporate environment, to pay closer attention to gender diversity issues, developing initiatives such as workshops, debates, and field trips with the goal of educating towards a more inclusive future.

CEMS Student Board​

CEMS Student Board

The CEMS Student Board covers virtually every aspect of the CEMS network concerning students: supporting locally and advocating globally. The Student Board consists of one representative from each of the 34 member schools, and it facilitates global collaborative projects and initiatives with the goal of improving the CEMS experience and strengthening the global CEMS community.

CEMS Club Lisbon​

CEMS Club Lisbon

CEMS Club Lisbon is a networking platform between CEMS Students, CEMS Alumni, Corporate Partners and Academic Members. Its main goal is to combine the academic program with social and professional events, while improving student life and enhancing the relationships between all stakeholders. CEMS Club Lisbon represents all the CEMS students currently studying at NOVA SBE, home and incoming. It is also responsible for organizing several social and cultural activities to strengthen the links between the CEMS Students, the Corporate Partners and Alumni. 

The purpose of CEMS Club Lisbon includes supporting networking amongst all CEMS MIM students, raising awareness of CEMS and the CEMS MIM in our local community, supporting the CEMS MIM academic program on the local level and becoming an additional form of managerial development to the students by engaging in real-world initiatives and projects.

NOVA Economics Club​

NOVA Economics Club

NEC is Nova SBE’s soal club focusing only in Economics. It’s goal is to deliver research and share knowledge in the field, by developing high-quality research projects with its partners and organizing events, with Economia Viva being its main one. Moreover, the Club has a wide range of tools available to spread information, including its social media profiles and its Magazine.