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Managing Partner – Graduated in International Relations from Keele University (UK), Masters in Political Science from Durham University (UK), Post-Graduate in Management by Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal). Has lived in Macau (China) for four years and worked several years at the U.N.’s Department of Political Affairs in New York, having held positions in The Security Council. Participated in several UN missions, namely in several African countries, including Angola. Mr. Costa Freire was Diplomatic Adviser to two Portuguese Prime Ministers. He is a member of the Europe-Asia Young Leaders Forum and founding partner of EDELUC and, since 2012, Vice-President of the Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He is also a director in several other international companies and is fluent in Portuguese, French, English and Spanish, having some knowledge of Mandarin.
Consultant & COTRI’s/Welcome Chinese Representative in Portugal
Graduated in communication, has lived in Macao for 10 years who establishes, until today, a very close relationship.
Lived and worked in Maastricht during two years as a researcher, at the Jan Van Eyk Academy with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Her professional activity has been developed in the area of communication, creating her own businesses and for a couple of years has been working as a project manager, particularly in consulting on investment projects.
In the last two years has developed her proximity to the Chinese market through investment area, having established thus far, important ties in the Chinese community in Portugal.
Within her experience in Macao has acquired knowledge of Cantonese and has been developing her knowledge of Mandarin, spoken and written. Is fluent in Portuguese, English and French, spoken and written. Have knowledge of Spanish.
Consultant – José Manuel lived in Brazil and in the United States for nearly 30 years, he graduated in Economics at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and has expertise in various areas of the financial world such as Tax Planning, Pension Fund and Controller of Business Division of Large Equipment.
He began his professional career at Arthur Andersen auditing firm as a senior in the tax area responsible for clients of all economic segments. Then moved out to becameTax Manager of Xerox Brazil, company where he stayed for about 10 years and held positions in finance area as Director.
On his return to Portugal, he started office activities in Lisbon of GoToMarket Consulting, where he supported Portuguese entrepreneurs to expand operations in the Brazilian market through acquisitions or strategic alliances with local companies.
José Manuel is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
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