2022 edition

Voices to Inspire

Meet the purpose-driven leaders who were present at the 2022 edition of Estoril Conferences, on 1-2 September, sharing their visions and perspectives on the major global challenges for Planet, for People, for Peace.


Aleksander Kwaśniewski

Former President of Poland

Anatoliy Aleksandrov

Head of International Cooperation Division – Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine

Andri Magnason

Writer & Documentary Film Director

Anne Applebaum

Staff writer for “The Atlantic” & Pulitzer-prize winning historian

António Simões

CEO of Santander Spain & Regional Head of Europe

António Vitorino

Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Aya Chebbi

Founder and Chair of Nala Feminist Collective & Estoril Conferences’ Youth Ambassador

Bertrand Piccard

Initiator & Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation

Bodour Al Qasimi

President of the International Publishers Association and CEO & Founder of Kalimat Publishing Group

Brigette Hyacinth

Bestselling Author & Thought leader on Leadership, HR, AI & Digital Transformation

Catherine Duggan

Dean of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB)

Cátia Batista

Associate Professor of Economics at Nova SBE, Founder & Scientific Director of NOVAFRICA and member of Estoril Conferences’ Academic Board

Carlos Carreiras

Mayor of Municipality of Cascais

Daniel Traça

Dean of Nova School of Business and Economics

Francis Fukuyama

Writer, Political Theorist & Professor of Political Science

Gerd Leonhard

Futurist, Humanist & Author

Gonzalo Fanjul

Policy Director at Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal), Head of Research & Co-founder at porCausa Foundation

Helena Gualinga

Environmental & Human Rights Activist from the Kichwa Sarayaku Community

Hryhoriy Nemyria

First Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Ukraine


Irene Heemskerk

Head of European Central Bank of Climate Change Centre

The Netherlands

Isabelle Christina

Founder of “Instituto Meninas Negras”

Joséphine Goube

CEO at Sistech

José Ulisses Correia e Silva

Prime Minister of the Republic of Cabo Verde

Cape Verde

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

Former President of Croatia

Lars Strannegård

President of Stockholm School of Economics

Lee Crockford

Social Impact Advisor

Luisa Gómez Bravo

Global Head of Corporate & Investment Banking BBVA

Natalya Sindeyeva

Founder of the Dozhd media holding

Paola Antonini

Influencer, Actress & Founder of “Instituto Paola Antonini”

Paulo Portas

Geopolitics Expert, Professor at Nova SBE & Estoril Conferences’ Advisory Board Member

Peter Bakker

President & CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Princess Zahra Aga Khan

Member of the Board of Directors of the Aga Khan Development Network

Randi Zuckerberg

Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media

Ricardo Costa

SIC TV Editor in Chief

Roberta Metsola

President of the European Parliament

Robin Teigland

Professor at Chalmers University of Technology & Co-Founder of Peniche Ocean Watch

Safia Tmiri

Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company

Shani Dhanda

Award-winning Disability Specialist & Entrepreneur

Tima Bansal

Professor at Ivey Business School & Head of Innovation North

Tina Thörner

Race Director for FIA Smart Driving Challenge

Vasco Rato

Former President of Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD)

Veneta Andonova

Dean of Universidad de Los Andes

Vera Pinto Pereira

Executive Board Member at EDP, CEO EDP Comercial & President of the EDP Foundation


Yulia Tymoshenko

Former Prime Minister of Ukraine

Vladimir Milov

Former Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia

Xiye Bastida

Co-Founder of Re-Earth Initiative


Méabh Mc Mahon

Master of Ceremonies & Euronews European Affairs Correspondent

Aashish Bergi

Co-Founder & CEO of MASH Project Foundation & Estoril Conferences’ Youth Ambassador

António Alexandre

CEMS Master in Management Student at Nova SBE

Adriana Pomante

CEMS Masters in International Management Student & Co-Founder of Nova SBE Politics Club

Carlo Alberto Frassinetto

CEMS Masters in International Management Student & Co-Founder of Nova SBE Politics Club

José Pedro Frazão

Journalist, News Editor & Reporter at Rádio Renascença

Lester Vargas

Co-Founder & Co-CEO of FractalUp & Estoril Conferences’ Youth Ambassador

Linh Do

Director, Wattle Fellowship at the University of Melbourne & Estoril Conferences’ Youth Ambassador

Melissa Hermanns

CEMS Master in Management Student at Nova SBE and the University of Sydney

Radek Oros

PhD candidate, Teaching Assistant & Student Well-being Coach at NOVA SBE

Roman Dobrokhotov

Founder & Editor-in-chief of The Insider

Weza Bombo João

Student at the University of St. Gallen & Estoril Conferences’ Youth Ambassador

Parallel Sessions Contributors


Author of the book “Unicórnios Portugueses” & Editorial coordinator of Lua de Papel

Aya Chebbi

Founder and Chair of NALA Feminist Collective & Estoril Conferences’ Youth Ambassador


Secretary-Geral of the upcoming mandate for JE Global


Associate Professor of Economics at Nova SBE, Founder & Scientific Director of NOVAFRICA and member of Estoril Conferences’ Academic Board

Dr Neli Koleva PhD

Chief Officer of Public Policy of Teach For Bulgaria


CEO of NEYA Hotels

Deimantė Žemgulytė

Project Leader at Transparency International Lithuania


Youth & Education For Human Rights
Director at Amnistia Internacional Portugal


Full Professor of Economics at Nova SBE & Founding Scientific Director NOVAFRICA

Radek Oros

PhD candidate, Teaching Assistant & Student Well-being Coach at NOVA SBE


Founder & President of Associação Salvador


Associate Professor of Economics at Nova SBE

Aleksander Kwaśniewski

Aleksander Kwaśniewski is the former President of Poland (1995 – 2005). He participated in the famous “Round-Table” negotiations that finally brought the peaceful transformation of Poland and the whole Central and Eastern Europe from communism to democracy. It was under his leadership that Poland finally joined NATO and become a member of the European Union. Aleksander is one of the leading figures in European Politics and author of numerous local and regional initiatives.

Andri Magnason

Author of “On Time and Water”, a national best seller in Iceland, shortlisted for the Nordic Councils Literary Prize of 2021. Andri has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essays. He is a popular public speaker, with sold out performances in The Reykjavik City Theatre, and the codirector of the documentary film “Dreamland”, “The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole” and more recently “Apausalypse”. Andri’s work has been published or performed in more than 40 countries.

Anne Applebaum

Currently writing for “The Atlantic”, Anne is a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the Agora Institute, where she co-directs Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda. Anne has occuppied several editorial positions in different newspapers and magazines, such as the Washington Post and the Evening Standard. She is also the author of several books, being “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism” the most recent.

António Simões

António is a global banking executive nominated as CEO of Santander Spain & Regional Head of Europe in June 2021 and a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion. His work experience includes HSBC Group Managing Director in 2016, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Europe; Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Executive and Group Head of Strategy and Planning. He was also the Chairman of the Practitioner Panel of the FCA, a Partner of McKinsey & Company, and an Associate at Goldman Sachs.

António Vitorino

António has over 27 years of international and national political and academic experience, including former positions as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defense of Portugal and European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs, for instance, which brought him consistently in touch with the migration context. He is an experienced lawyer, advocate against inequalities, discrimination, violence and social exclusion endured by migrants and a fond promoter of civil society and private sector engagement, having contributed to the work of several prestigious think tanks and foundations.

April Anne

A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and ranked one of the “50 Leading Female Futurists” in the world by Forbes, April Rinne is a change navigator: she helps individuals and organizations rethink and reshape their relationship with change, uncertainty, and a world in flux. She’s a trusted advisor, speaker, investor, adventurer (100+ countries), insatiable handstander, and author of  “Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change”

Aya Chebbi

Aya Chebbi is a multi-award-winning Pan-African feminist and diplomat who served as the first as the first-ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. Aya’s decade of experience made her an influential leading voice known for rebranding Africa, with a commitment in peacebuilding, gender equality and Africa’s integration, honoured with several awards and recognitions.

Bertrand Piccard

Psychiatrist and explorer, Bertrand Piccard made history by accomplishing two aeronautical firsts – flying around the world non-stop in a balloon, and more recently in a solar-powered airplane plane without fuel. Pioneer in his way to consider ecology through the lens of profitability, he began working in the early 2000s to promote renewable energies and clean technologies. As Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, he has succeeded in his mission to select 1000 profitable solutions to protect the environment and support clean growth.

Photo Credits: © Solar Impulse

Bodour Al Qasimi

A trailblazer in the global publishing scene, Bodour is creating a positive impact on the world by pushing IPA’s agenda on the freedom to publish and intellectual property rights. Under her leadership, IPA launched the International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience (InSPIRe) initiative to build solidarity and collaboration between members of the publishing ecosystem. She also oversaw the launch of the IPA Academy, a one of its kind online educational platform designed to support publishers in developing core business skills to build more resilient and sustainable organizations.

As the CEO and founder of Kalimat Publishing Group, Bodour has been an avid advocate of the role of books and literacy in enlightening children. In 2019, Bodour’s work in women’s empowerment crossed a unique milestone as she established PublisHer, an informal networking body that seeks to increase the number of women in leadership roles within the publishing industry.

Brigette Hyacinth

Brigette has authored 5 books, including “The Future of Leadership: Rise of Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence” which has been ranked Top 100 Best Artificial Intelligence Books of All Time. She is also the founder of MBA Caribbean Organisation, specialized in seminars and workshops in leadership, management and education. Recognized as an international influencer on Leadership, among other acnkowledgments, Brigette has been travelling around the world, sharing her insights with organizations all over globe.

Catherine Duggan

Dr Duggan’s research is focused on the political economy of development in Africa, where she has worked for more than twenty years and in more than two dozen countries. She is the author of numerous case studies and regularly advises businesses, governments and educational institutions on the continent and beyond. She was previously Vice Dean at ALUSB, a new business school in Rwanda, and spent nearly a decade on the faculty of Harvard Business School.

Cátia Batista

Cátia Batista is an Associate Professor of Economics at Nova University Lisbon, where she is also the 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. Cátia 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 (United Kingdom) and IZA (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.

Carlos Carreiras

Carlos Carreiras has been Mayor of Municipality of Cascais since 2011, winning three elections with an absolute majority and some of the most expressive votes ever in the municipality.

During his terms in office, Carlos Carreiras was Vice President of the Social Democratic Party (2014/2016), President of the social democratic think-tank Instituto Francisco Sá Carneiro (2010/2013) and founder of the Social Democratic Youth.

He is a training manager and, before executive politics, he was a company administrator in the field of FMCG and tourism. 

A columnist for the “i” newspaper and author of the book “Com vista para o Atlântico”, Carlos Carreiras was born in 1961 and is the father of five daughters.