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  • Rui Esgaio

    President's Office / Secretary of the Board


    Rui Esgaio joined the Gulbenkian Foundation in 1999, as assessor to the same office. Since February 2005, he has held these functions in conjunction with the post of Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Graduating in Economics from the Catholic University of Portugal and with a post-graduate qualification in Development and International Cooperation from the Higher Institute of Economics and Management, he began his professional career under the auspices of the project "Building the Competitive Advantages of Portugal", run by Professor Michael Porter, having also held the post of Assistant to the Secretary of State for Agro-food Production before later serving as Secretary of State for Agricultural Markets and Agro-food Quality.
  • Rui Gonçalves

    President's Office


    Director of the President’s Office since January 2015, he also serves as Legal Counsel to the Foundation as well as secretary to the Management Board of the Gulbenkian Institute of Science since March 2014. Having graduated in law from the University of Coimbra Faculty of Law in 1999, he began collaborating with the Foundation in 2000 serving as Assistant to the President’s Office. He also participated in the Northern Rock Foundation training programme in the United Kingdom in 2003, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship run by the German Marshall Fund of the United States in 2004 and in the Tällberg Emerging Leaders Programme, at the Tällberg Foundation in Sweden in 2006. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis on the Laws for Foundations at the Faculty of Law of the Nova University of Lisbon and was previously Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in 2013 before attending the Kellogg | Católica Advanced Management Program in 2014. He lectured Fiscal Law for Non-Governmental Organisations at the School of Economics and Management, at the Catholic University of Portugal in Oporto between 2006 and 2007. He is the author and co-author of diverse publications about the Laws of Foundations and Non-Profit Organisations including Sector Não Lucrativo - Colectânea de Legislação das Organizações da Sociedade Civil, Catholic University of Portugal (2006), with Raquel Campos Franco, Fundações e Direito da União Europeia: Perspectivas de evolução, in the Commemorative Studies on the 10th anniversary of the Nova University of Lisbon Faculty of Law, Almedina, 2008, with Emílio Rui Vilar, and Defining the Portuguese Foundation Sector, in Developments in Foundation Law in Europe, Springer, 2014.

  • Penelope Curtis

    Calouste Gulbenkian Museum


    Penelope Curtis studied History at Oxford, before going to the Courtauld to study Modern Art, and then undertook research in Paris for her PhD on Monumental Sculpture in France c.1870-1930. Her first job was in the new Tate Gallery Liverpool when it opened in 1988.

    From 1994-2010 she was based in Leeds where she was responsible for developing the Henry Moore Institute, with its acclaimed programme of exhibitions, collections development and research, presenting sculpture of all periods and places in distinctive thematic projects. The Institute became known for encouraging new kinds of scholarship, with fellowships, publications and inter-disciplinary programmes using the collections of the museum, library and archive.

    In 2010 she took up the Directorship of Tate Britain where she oversaw the Millbank Project (arch. Caruso St John 2013) alongside the complete rehang of the building with a new chronological installation, which opened in May 2013.  At the Tate she was also Chair of the Turner Prize, and co-curated the Barbara Hepworth exhibition (2015).

    Penelope Curtis is an established scholar and author with particular interest in inter-war art and architecture and in contemporary art, and often writes at the invitation of artists. Her publications include Sculpture 1900–1945 in the Oxford History of Art (Oxford 1999) and Patio & Pavilion: the place of sculpture in modern architecture (Ridinghouse/Getty 2007). In 2015 she gave the Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery in London and at Yale University. 

  • Elisabete Caramelo



    Elisabete Caramelo was born in Lisbon on 28th May 1963. After graduating in Media Studies from Lisbon’s Nova University, she became a journalist for the following eleven years.

    Her professional career began at Agência Noticiosa Portuguesa, with articles published in various newspapers and magazines as well as television appearances. It was to be radio that defined this stage of her career. Following a six-month professional training program in "Radio Journalism", Elisabete Caramelo was a founding member of the TSF radio station where she progressed to become Senior Editor before leaving to join the Presidency of the Republican in 1996. She spent the following decade as media consultant to President of the Republic, Dr. Jorge Sampaio.
  • António Repolho Correia

    Central Services


    Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Central Services since February 2001, an economist by education, António Repolho Correia began his career at the Ministry of Finances in 1977, as a Senior Technician in the Offices of Studies and Planning, a position he retained through to 1983. Among his subsequent positions are: Divisional Head of the General Directorate of the Treasury (1985-1987), Head of Office of the Secretary of State for Planning and Regional Development (1987-1995) and Member of the INGA Audit Commission, the Fiscal Board of IPE - Águas de Portugal and the Fiscal Board of the Innovation Agency.

    António Repolho Correia was Director at Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções S.A., and environmental service companies  within the group: Recolte - Recolha, Tratamento e Eliminação de Resíduos S.A and Indáqua - Industria e Gestão de Águas S.A. He was also Board Member of the Association of Portuguese Environment Sector Companies.

  • João Coelho



     Director of Accountancy since August 2002, where he had served as Assistant Director since September 1996, João Coelho graduated in Economics from the Higher Institute of Economics, Technical University of Lisbon.

    He began his career at the Gulbenkian Foundation in May 1970 at the then Centre of Agrarian Economic Studies (later integrated into the Gulbenkian Institute of Science), as a Research Technician. Following the closure of this research unit in 1986, he was appointed head of the Institute’s accountancy department, which he ran for around nine years. Throughout this period, he held responsibility for the Institute’s budgetary management as well as the accountancy and financial control of sums awarded by European bodies for the different research projects undertaken. He carried out studies and proceeded with the computerisation of the entire accountancy and budget management process at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science.
  • Cristina Pires

    Budget and Planning Control


    Director of the Budget and Planning Control Services since 2000, Cristina Pires began her career at the Foundation in 1996 as Assistant Director of the same entity.

    Graduating in Economics from the Higher Institute of Economics, Technical University of Lisbon, she began her professional career at the Ministry for Internal Affairs in 1978, in the General Directorate for Regional and Local Action.

    At the Foundation, she has been responsible for implementing the working processes re-engineering project that extended across accounting, heritage, treasury, sales, procurement, storage, human resources, budgetary control and management indicators.

  • Manuel Carmelo Rosa

    Gulbenkian Program Qualifying the New Generations


    Director of the Education and Grants Service since 1999, he was previously Department Director of the Cooperation for Development Service.

    Manuel Carmelo Rosa graduated in law from the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon. Through to 2004, he led the seminar sessions on the theme of "Education and Development", part of the Master’s Degree in Intercultural Relations at Portugal’s Open University.

    He has also participated in the preparation and implementation of various programs and projects within the educational and training fields and has co-authored two books on higher education. He has spoken at national and international meetings, seminars and conferences as well as leading training sessions.

    Manuel Carmelo Rosa was General Sub-director for Higher Education (1986-1990), President of a Higher Education Trade Union Negotiation Commission (1995-1997), a fulltime member of the ERASMUS Program Consultation Committee and European Commission consultant to the ALFA Program, BIRD General Cooperation Project Coordinator, Head of Office of the Secretary of State for Higher Education in the 5th Constitutional Government, Member of the National Education Council (1997-2002) and its Coordination Commission, Member of the Commission for the Recognition of International Academic Degrees (Doctoral Degrees).

  • Ana Rijo da Silva

    Human Resources


    Head of the Human Resources department since September 2002, Ana Maria Garrido Rijo da Silva was born in 1961 and graduated in Economics and Business Management from the Catholic University of Portugal, having undertaken post graduate study in Actuarial Sciences at the same institution. In 1992, she completed her MPhil in Business Studies at the University of Warwick. Between 1984 and 1988, she was Assistant to the Management Department at her alma mater, where she also chairs the subjects within the fields of behavioural studies and human resources. In 1991, she was a guest lecturer at the Warwick Business School.

    Throughout the 1990s, Maria Garrido Rijo da Silva was responsible for coordinating and managing various degree subjects and scientific fields at institutions connected to the Catholic University of Portugal, including the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences, the University Institute of Social Development and the Faculty of Human Sciences. She also held various consultancy roles and was member of the Commission for the Reorganisation of Tax Service (1997-1998) and the Commission for Drafting the Organic Law for the Ministry of Justice (1999). As a member of the "European Summer School for Advanced Management" (1992-1995) Consortium, she organised the organisation’s 5th program that took place in June 1993.

    She has coordinated the post graduate studies in Human Resource Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences since 1995.

    She has been Director of the Recursos Humanos journal since 1999.

    Ana Maria Garrido Rijo da Silva joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2000 and was appointed to run the Human Resource department.
  • Risto Nieminen



    Risto Nieminen has been director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Music Service since April 2009.

    Nieminen holds a Master’s Degree in Musicology and Literature, University of Helsinki and, among other roles, was director of the Finland Radio Symphony Orchestra between 1989 and 1991, and artistic director of IRCAM (Institut de Recherce et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), Georges Pompidou Centre, in Paris, between 1991 and 1996.

    He sat on the Board of the European Association of Festivals from 1997 to 2001 and in 1998 was awarded the honour of Knight of the Arts and Letters of France. 

    Risto Nieminen took over from Luís Pereira Leal, who had held the post as from 1978.

  • Ana Paula Gordo

    Art Library


    Born in Lisbon in 1954. Graduated in History from the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon and with a Specialist Course in Documental Sciences from the same Faculty, Ana Paula Gordo has been the Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Art Library since October 2011.

    From 1986 to 1994, Ana Paula Gordo joined the team at the Portuguese Book and Reading Institute that developed and launched the National Public Reading Program, having also been head of the Bibliographic Heritage and Public Reading Network Development divisions. Previously, she organised and managed the Centre of Documentation of the National Veterinary Institute.

    A teacher of various different courses on Library and Documentation Techniques, in Portugal and in Cape Verde, as well as subjects on the Specialist Course in Documental Sciences run by the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, she also supervised the development of the Professional Library and Documentation Technical Program, INETE.

    In addition to membership of the Board of BAD – the Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists, Ana Paula Gordo was a member of the Permanent Committee for the Art Libraries Section of IFLA- International Federation of Library Associations, from 1997 to 2005.

    She has published various works on organising, managing and running libraries.
  • João Caraça

    Délégation en France


    He is the Director of Calouste Gulbenkian Delegation in France.

    João Caraça obtained the D. Phil. in Nuclear Physics at the University of Oxford (1973) and the Agregação in Physics at the Lisbon Faculty of Sciences (1974).

    João Caraça is also Full Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. He was coordinator of the M.Sc. Course in the Economics and Management of Science and Technology from 1990 to 2003.

    He is member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology – EIT. He also integrates the Steering Group of the European Forum on Philanthropy and Research Funding and is President of the Advisory Board of the Portuguese Business Association for Innovation – COTEC.

    João Caraça was Science Adviser of the President of the Portuguese Republic (1996-2006) and has published over 150 scientific papers. His main interests are science and technology policy and prospective studies. He authored Do Saber ao Fazer: porquê organizar a ciência (1993), Ciência (1997), Science et Communication (1999), Entre a Ciência e a Consciência (2002) and À Procura do Portugal Moderno (2003). He also co-authored Limits to Competition (1995), co-edited O Futuro Tecnológico (1999) and collaborated in Le Printemps du Politique (2007).
  • Andrew Barnett

    UK Branch


    Andrew Barnett has been Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since September 2007.

    Andrew joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where he held the post of Director of Policy Development and Communications. Prior to this, he was Director of Communications at the UK Sports Council and, before that, Head of Public Affairs at the National Consumer Council. Andrew previously held posts at the then Midland Bank and then HSBC Group HQ, the Arts Council of England, and the Foyer Federation for Youth, as well as working for the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need.

    He is: chair of DV8 Physical Theatre; a trustee of Addaction, the UK's leading specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity; and a Council member of the Collaborate Institute, based at London South Bank University, whose aim is to promote collaboration between the business, social and public sectors in order to secure better public service outcomes.

    He has previously served voluntarily in a variety of capacities: as chair of trustees for People Can, a charity and social enterprise; chair of the trustees of SPACE Studios, a London-based arts property charity; and a director of Yorkshire Housing.

    Born in New South Wales, Australia, Andrew was educated at King's School, Bruton in Somerset, and St Andrews University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an enthusiast for contemporary dance and abstract and Aboriginal art.

  • Margarida Abecasis

    Gulbenkian Scholarships


    Margarida Abecasis was born in 1951 in Lisbon where she graduated in Economics from the Higher Institute of Economics.

    She joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation as Assistant Director of the Education and Grant Service and currently serves as Director of the Gulbenkian Grants Service.

    Her earlier professional experience includes presiding over the Managing Commission of the Institute for Innovation in Training at the Ministry of Social Security and Employment from 2000 to 2003, serving as Sub-director General of Employment and Professional Training, from 1991 to 1999, simultaneous to being Vice-President of the Inter-ministerial Commission for Employment.

    From 1987 to 1991, she was Consultant to the Office of the Secretary of State for Employment and Professional Training.

    Within the development aid framework, she has contributed towards projects in every Portuguese speaking African country and specifically in the field of development support for education systems and professional trainings as well as participating in cooperation projects as an external BIT and OECD consultant.

    She has also published a diverse range of articles on the field of employment, education and training.

  • Jorge Soares

    Gulbenkian Innovation in Health Program


    MD PhD
    Director of  Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Head of Health and Human Development Department, (2009-12) and Gulbenkian Programme for Innovation in Health (2012-)

    Professor of Pathology, Lisbon Medical School (2006-13)

    Director of the Pathology Department of Lisbon Cancer Institute (1985-2009)

    Director of the Institute of Forensic Sciences at Lisbon (2001-03)

    Professor of Legal Medicine and Ethics, Lisbon Medical School (2001-03)

    Professor of Pathology, Medical Sciences Faculty (1996-2006)

    Member (chair 27) of the  Academy of Medicine of Portugal and Academico Correspondiente de la Real Academia Nacional de España (1999)

    Member of “Conselho Nacional de Ética para as Ciências da Vida” (2003-08)

    National Expert at the 3rd “Europe Against Cancer” Council of the European Union

    Chairman of the Steering Committee - Pathology Group of the Organization of European Cancer Institutes, 1997-99

    Member of the Scientific Council for Health Sciences - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, 2005-09 and Chairman, 2013-

    Past-President of the Portuguese Society of Pathology (1997-99), Portuguese Society of Senology (2004-06), and Sociedade das Ciências Médicas de Lisboa (2003-05)

    Member of the Governing Board of the Program Harvard Medical School-Portugal, 2011-

    Chairman of the External Committee for the Quality in Education, Public Health Nacional School, 2011

    Areas of scientific interest: oncology, head&neck and breast pathology (more than 150 papers in peer review journals and 1,100 personal citations)

  • Maria Hermínia Cabral

    Gulbenkian Program Partnerships for the Development


    Maria Hermínia Cabral de Oliveira was born in Luanda, in 1963. She is graduated in Economics from the  University of Porto's Faculty of Economics in 1985 before completing a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation and Development at the Higher Institute of Economics and Management, the Technical University of Lisbon in 1997.

    Beginning her professional career in 1985 at the Coordination Commission for the North Region, in the Studies and Planning Division (fishing sector), she then joined the North Region Hydraulic Resource Integrated Projects Management team.

    She has lectured at the University of the Minho (Industrial Cost Analysis) and the Faculty of Economics at the University of Porto (Cost Accountancy) between 1985 and 1988.

    Between 1988 and 1991, Maria Hermínia served as the Assistant State Secretary for Agriculture. In 1991, was nominated Cooperation Attaché at the Embassy of Portugal to Angola. Between 1993 and 1995, she was assistant to the State Secretaries for the Environment and for Planning and Regional Development. She was furthermore consultant on European Affairs in the Portuguese Parliament between 1997 and 2002.

    Between 2002 and 2003, she was Head of Office for the State Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and, between 2003 and 2004, Vice-President of the North Region Coordination and Development Commission.

    Between 2004 and 2005, Maria Hermínia served as Assistant State Secretary for Regional Development in the 15th Constitutional Government and manager of the Operational Health Program (Healthcare XXI).

    Awarded the Portuguese Aid Institute's prize for the "Best International Development and Cooperation Master’s Degree Student" in 1997, she was also a member of the “New North” Award Jury for the North Operational Program in 2010 and 2011.

    Maria Hermínia Cabral was the executive coordinator of both the Gulbenkian Environment (2007-2011) and Advanced Healthcare Training Programs (2008-2009). Currently she is the Director of the Gulbenkian Program Partnerships for the Development

  • Luísa Valle

    Gulbenkian Human Development Program


    Lisbon, 1950.

    Graduating in Chemical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute and with a post-graduate degree in European Studies from Lisbon University’s Faculty of Law, Luísa Valle was a full-time member of the General Directorate of Fuels (1974-1979) and the National Laboratory of Industrial Engineering and Technology (1979-1987). In 1987, she was seconded to the General Directorate of Regional Development and has since held numerous roles supervising and managing programs for the Ministry of Planning and Territorial Administration.

    Between 1998 and 1999, she served as consultant to the Office of the Secretary of State for Industry and Energy and between 1999 and 2000 held the position of Head of Office to the Secretary of State for the Budget.

    Furthermore, in 2000, Luísa Valle joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation where, after having held the position of Assistant Director of Central Services and the Healthcare and Human Development Service, she is currently Director of the Gulbenkian Human Development Program.

  • Rui Vieira Nery

    Gulbenkian Portuguese Language and Culture Program


    Rui Vieira Nery was born in Lisbon in 1957 and first began his musical studies at the Santa Cecília Music Academy before moving up to the Lisbon National Conservatory. Graduating in History from Lisbon University’s Faculty of Letters (1980), he completed his Doctoral Degree in Musicology at the University of Texas in Austin (1990), having been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation study grant. A professor at the Évora and Nova Universities, he has supervised a vast number of master’s and doctoral degrees at Portuguese, Spanish and French universities. He is a researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology – Centre of Music and Dance Studies and at the Centre of Theatre Studies. At the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, he was Assistant-Director of the Music Service (1992-2008) and Director of the Gulbenkian Education for Culture Program (2008-2012) and is currently Director of the Gulbenkian Portuguese Language and Culture Program (since 2012). 

    As a musicologist, he is the author of many studies on the History of Portuguese Music, two of which won the Portuguese Council of Music Writing Award (1984 and 1992), as well as a large number of scientific articles published in journals and other collective specialist works, both nationally and internationally. Nery has also been a regular conference speaker both in Portugal, across Europe, the United States and Brazil. His research themes include the problematic framework of Mannerism and the Baroque in Iberian Music and the processes of cross-cultural interpenetration in Portuguese Music, from Vilancico à Modinha through to Fado.
    As a music critic and columnist, he has written for both the Expresso and O Independente weekly newspapers. He is a regular contributor to the Portuguese state radio Antena Dois channel and produced programs such as Timeless and Matrix Sounds, among others, and Resonances with Vanda de Sá. He has made radio and television documentaries for RTP, BBC, Radio France, NDR, Al Jazeera, TV Cultura among other national and international broadcasters. He was musical consultant to the National Commission for the Commemoration of the Portuguese Discoveries, the Régie Symphony Cooperative and the Serralves Foundation. From November 1991 to June 1992, he was responsible for designing the artistic project for the Belém Cultural Centre Performance Centre. He was National Commissioner for Commemorations of the Centenary of the Republic and President of the Scientific Commission for the application of Fado to the Representative List of Intangible Human Cultural Heritage (UNESCO). He is the Corresponding Academic to the Portuguese Academy of History and, in 2002, was made a Member of the Order of Infante D. Henrique for his services to Portuguese culture. He is also the Honorary Member of the Iberian-American Forum for Arts and in 2012 was awarded the CICOP Prize for International Intangible Cultural Heritage attributed by the International Centre for Heritage Conservation. Between October 1995 and October 1997, Nery served as Secretary of State for Culture in the 13th Constitutional Government and has served as an individual member of the National Council for Culture since 2010.

  • Maria de Assis

    Gulbenkian Programme Education for Culture and Science


    Graduate in Music and History. Post graduate in Art’s Business and Administration. Cultural journalist for radio, television and the press. Author of “Movimentos”, published by Danças na Cidade. Co-author of “Dançaram em Lisboa” (survey of dance in Lisbon, 1890-1994), published by Lisbon 94 and “Present Movements - Aspects of Independent Dance in Portugal” published in 1997 by Livros Cotovia and Danças na Cidade. Co-editor of « CAPITALS » (performing arts), published by FCG in 2004.
    Performing Arts Advisor at the Modern Art Centre/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (from 1995 to 2003).
    Performing Arts Advisor at CAEV - Centre for the Performing Arts/Teatro Viriato in Viseu (from 1996 to 2003 and from 2006 to the present).
    Deputy Director of the Institute of the Arts, Head of Performing Arts, Ministry of Culture (2003/2005).
    Executive Coordinator of the Music Education Sector of the Gulbenkian Foundation (2006/2008)
    Presently Director of the Gulbenkian Programme Education for Culture and Science.

  • Jonathan Howard

    Gulbenkian Science Institute


    Jonathan Howard graduated (BA) in Zoology in 1964 and obtained his doctorate (D.Phil) in immunology in 1969 at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, both at the University of Oxford.

    He worked in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Pathology as a post-doctoral fellow, eventually becoming an Adjunct Associate Professor in that Department. However in 1975 he moved to the Babraham Institute in the University of Cambridge, eventually becoming Head of the Department of Immunology. In 1994 he was appointed Full Professor at the Institute for Genetics of the University of Cologne in Germany, where he retains a small research laboratory.

    During his career Jonathan Howard has worked during sabbatical periods at Stanford University, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg and in the Medical Research Council laboratory for Molecular Biology in Cambridge. He has served on many Scientific Advisory Boards, including as Chairman at the Centre d'Immunologie Marseille-Luminy and at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen.

    Jonathan Howard was elected a member of EMBO in 1993 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1995.

  • Francisca Moura

    Gulbenkian Oceans Iniciative


    Born in Lisbon in 1953, Francisca Moura graduated in Economics from the Instituto Superior de Economia (Institute of Economics), at Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Lisbon's Técnica University). Since September 2012, she has served as Director of the Gulbenkian Oceans and Cities initiatives.

    She joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 1990 having served as Assistant Director of the Science Service between 1996 and 2012.
    She began her professional career at the now Foundation for Science and Technology (formerly JNICT) in 1979 where she held a range of different positions.

  • Razmik Panossian

    Armenian Communities


    Razmik Panossian assumed the post of Director of the Armenian Communities Department  in February 2013.

    Razmik Panossian is the author of The Armenians: From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars (Columbia University Press/Hurst & Co., 2006). He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His thesis won the prestigious Lord Bryce Prize for Best Dissertation in Comparative and International Politics in the UK (2001) granted by Britain’s Political Studies Association. He received his MA from York University in Toronto, Canada, and his BA (honours) from McGill University in Montreal. Panossian has taught at the London School of Economics and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) on the subjects of nationalism, ethnic conflict, post-Soviet transition/democratisation, and comparative politics. In 2004 he assumed the position of Director of Policy, Programmes and Planning at the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, a Canadian federal institution devoted to the promotion of democracy and human rights. He managed the Centre’s international programming in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. His work took him to countries as diverse as Afghanistan, China, Haiti, Colombia, Egypt, Morocco and Congo. Between 2010 and 2012 Panossian worked as an international consultant, including at UNDP in New York. He has delivered numerous lectures and conference papers throughout the world, has participated in Turkish-Armenian workshops and the Armenia-Diaspora conferences. He has published many academic articles on Armenian national identity and nationalism, as well as on Armenia-diaspora relations. Razmik was born in Lebanon and immigrated to Canada at the age of 12.

    He has lived in English and French Canada as well as the UK.

  • Gonçalo Leónidas Rocha



    Gonçalo Leónidas Rocha was born in Lisbon in 1966. He graduated in Company Administration and Management from Lisbon’s Catholic University of Portugal before taking his Master’s Degree in Finance at the same institution.
    He worked as director of the Lisbon Stock Market, general director of the bank Caixa Económica Comercial e Industrial, director of Banco Cisf and Cisf Dealer, director of RTP, member of the Senior board of Millennium bcp and as a partner at the consultant Roland Berger.
    He has also been director of CTT (the post office), Banco Postal (bank), Previsão (pension funds), Multicert (digital certification), Porto TV (television) and President of the Board of Directors of Payshop (mobile phone and invoice payment services) and Telepost (printing and sending of invoices).
    Since March 2014, Gonçalo Leónidas Rocha has also served as Finance and Investment Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
    He was also a professor at the Institute of Banking Training and Lecturer at the Catholic University of Portugal and is today Assistant Professor at the NOVA School of Business and Economics and on the Lisbon MBA.




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