President's Office / Secretary of the Board
Director of the President’s Office since May 2001, 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.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Maria Rosa Figueiredo has been in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum since 1968 at a time when it was still located in the Palace of the Marquises of Pombal in Oeiras. She currently serves as Conservator with various departments under her supervision having taken over as Gulbenkian Museum Interim Director in December 2014.
Having graduated in Germanic Philology from the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, she proceeded with her education in Britain, studying the History of Art and Museology (1973-1976) and obtaining the Museums Association Diploma – Art. Throughout this period, she worked at the City Art Gallery (Fine Arts Department) in the city of Bristol.
A member of ICOM (International Council of Museums), APOM (the Portuguese Museology Association) and FIDEM (the International Art Medal Federation), she has over the years undertaken a series of roles and positions at these associations and is currently Vice-President of FIDEM as well as member of the APOM Consultative Council.
Her museology career, primarily with the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, has involved engaging in the commissioning and curating of exhibitions, drafting specialist texts and papers detailing her working experiences.
Among the exhibitions she commissioned are Only the Best. Masterpieces of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, (1999-2000), in collaboration; The Greeks. Treasures of the Benaki Museum, Athens (Lisbon, 2007); In the Presence of Things. Four Centuries of European Still-Life Painting (Part I, February-May 2010 / Part II - October 2011-January 2012); and more recently, A Shared History. Treasures of the Royal Palaces of Spain in collaboration with National Heritage of Spain (October 2014 – January 2015).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Modern Art Centre
With a Degree in Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in Media Studies, Isabel Carlos has been an art critic since 1991. Prominent among the roles she has held are serving as Adviser on Exhibitions for Lisbon 94 – European Capital of Culture, co-founder and Sub-director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Ministry of Culture (1996-2001). Within this latter capacity, among other duties inherent to the post, she organised the Portuguese exhibitions at the Venice Biennial in 2001 and the São Paulo Biennials in 1996 and 1998. Isabel Carlos has also served as member of the Venice Biennial Jury (2003), Artistic Director of the Sydney Biennial (2004), curator of the Pavilion of Portugal at the Venice Biennial (2005) and curator of the 9th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2009).
Délégation en 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 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 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.
Gulbenkian Innovation in Health Program
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)
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.
Gulbenkian Human Development Program
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.
Gulbenkian Next Future Program
António Pinto Ribeiro was born in Lisbon. His academic background spans the fields of Philosophy, the Communication Sciences and Cultural Studies. These fields correspondingly represent the focus of his research work and theoretical outputs published in a range of specialist journals. He has lectured and given keynote conference speeches at various international universities and is an Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal. Alongside his role as researcher and professor, he has been active in artistic programming and cultural management contributing towards a host of different national and international programs, festivals and exhibitions.
He is General Programmer of the Gulbenkian Next Future Program.
Gulbenkian Portuguese Language and Culture Program
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.
Gulbenkian Programme Education for Culture and Science
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.
Gulbenkian Science Institute
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.
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 assumed the post of Director of the Armenian Communities in February 2013.
Department 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.
Chief Information Officer
João Pedro Gomes da Silva was born in Lisbon in 1966. Since March 2014, he has served as Director of IT Systems at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Having graduated in mathematics, Gomes da Silva holds a Master’s Degree in IT Engineering and also studied on the Senior Executive Program at the London Business School.
He began his professional career in 1990 at Banco de Fomento where he participated in the merger project that resulted in the current Banco BPI, which he left in 2000. In this same year, he joined Telecel (later Vodafone Portugal) as director of Network Services before departing the company as Chief Information Officer in 2008. He also served in the latter capacity at ZON (2008 to 2010) and UNITEL Angola (2010 to 2013).
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.