Sociologist and Organizational Theorist

Stewart Clegg was Reader at Griffith University (1976-84), Professor at the University of New England (1985-9), Professor at the University of St. Andrews (1990-3), Foundation Professor at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur, (1993-6) before moving to UTS. He is one of the most published and cited authors in the top-tier journals in the Organization Studies field and the only Australian to be recognised a by a multi-method ranking, as one of the world’s top-200 “Management Gurus” in What’s the Big Idea? Creating and Capitalizing on the Best New Management Thinking by Thomas H. Davenport, Laurence Prusak, and H. James Wilson (2003), Harvard: Harvard Business Review Press. Because the central focus of his theoretical work has always been on power relations he has been able to write on many diverse and ubiquitous topics – because power relations are everywhere! Outside work he enjoys cultural pursuits, travel, and wide reading in politics, history, current affairs, music and art.


Chief Marketing Officer of Capgemini Portugal

Manuela Gomes has been Chief Marketing Officer at Capgemini Portugal since 2014, and between 2009 to 2018, she was also responsible for the quality and environmental management systems of Capgemini.
She is a qualified Journalist and a graduate in Communication Sciences and has a BA in Communication and Image. Her inspiration and enthusiasm about communication came later on through an inspiring professor and communicator during a communications media specialisation.
A perfectionist by nature, curious by background and particularly creative at heart mind and soul, Manuela uses communication as tool not only to strategize, engage, inform or to create or disseminate an innovative culture but also because it is imperative in leadership roles.
 At Capgemini, Manuela is also part of the International Works Council (IWC), an employee  representative body that aims to facilitate constructive dialogue between employees and management, bringing employee interests directly to the attention of the Group management and becoming informed directly by the Group management of its plans for the Company, and their impact on its employees.


President of APG

Consultant and trainer in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour since 1981, having participated in several intervention projects, in the fields of Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management, in some of the main private and public companies and organizations in Portugal and in Portuguese speaking African countries. He was a consultant for the international CEGOS teams in European projects.
He has been a university lecturer since 1981 in the fields of Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management. He has lectured at ISPA, ISCTE, Católica Lisbon, ISG and Lusófona University. He was also Associate Director of CEGOC from 1993 to 2015.
He has published several books, as author and co-author and published more than two hundred articles in various newspapers and magazines. Coordinator of the Executive Masters in Strategic Human Resources Management, INDEG-ISCTE. President of APG (Portuguese Association of People Management).


President of World Federation of People Management Associations

Leyla Nascimento is the president of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA), and the first woman to occupy this position. She is the CEO of Instituto Capacitare, a Brazilian company focused on internship and training programmes for young talent. She has been working for more than 30 years in projects and programmes focused on the development of human resources.
A graduate in Pedagogy from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), a postgraduate in Education and Development of HR by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a Master in Business Management from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV).
She was the president of the Inter-American Federation of Human Resources Management (FIDAGH).
She held the post of General Secretary and Treasurer of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) from 2016 to 2018. She was president of the Brazilian Association of Human Resources (ABRH Brazil) between 2016-2018. She is an advisor to the Confederation of Human Resources Associations of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CRHLP).
She is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Management. She is also the author of numerous published articles on topics related to Human Resources as well as the book Gerenciando Pessoas, Managing People. She lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has two children.


President of CIP

António Saraiva has been the President of CIP – the Portuguese Business Confederation, since 2010. CIP is the largest and most impactful association in Portugal.
António Saraiva has become one of the most influential figures in Portuguese society and has dedicated over 40 years of his life to associativism.
Today he is deemed an expert in corporate diplomacy and associativism and is a highly sought-after speaker and business commentator. He is the veritable self-made man.
He began his professional life as a factory worker at Lisnave Shipyard and later went on to become Sales Manager at Metalúrgica Luso-Alemã and then Chairman of Metalúrgica Luso-Italiana, SA.
He is also Chairman of Taguspark, the largest Science and Technology Park, Chairman of Compta Infrastructure and Security, and a Member of the Board of Compta SA.
He is also a member of the Strategic Council of SOFID – the Society of Financing and Development, IFIC SA, Member of the ATEC Advisory Board, and is the current President of the Observatory for the Maritime Economy.
On an academic level, he is a member of the ISCSP – Advanced Institute for Social Science and Political Studies University Council, Member of the ISCTE University Education Council and member of the Strategic Council of the Lusófona University. He also lectures Corporate Diplomacy at ISCSP University.
Member of the Strategic Council of  PROFORUM – Association for the Development of Engineering.
Antonio Saraiva also received the Order of the Prince from the Portuguese Republic for outstanding services.


Professor at Nova SBE

Miguel Pina e Cunha is a Full Professor at Nova SBE  and holds tenure for the Amélia de Mello Foundation in Leadership. A researcher in the field of leadership, change, and organisational paradoxes. He is the co-author of Elgar Introduction to Theories of Organizational Resilience (Elgar, 2018), co-organiser of Management, Organizations and Contemporary Social Theory (Routledge, 2019) and co-author of Positive Organizational Behaviour (Routledge, 2020). At Nova SBE he is the coordinator of the management department and also involved in the centre for Leadership for Impact. He has written over one hundred and fifty articles for international magazines. He is also currently the director of the LÍDER magazine.
He regularly collaborates with various international institutions such as the Luiss Business School (Roma), the Mediterranean School of Business (Tunis), the University of Los Andes (Bogotá) and the Federal University of Bahia (Salvador). More information can be found at


Speaker and Consultant

Speaker and consultant almost exclusively on Linkedin. He produces consultancy projects on social selling, social recruiting and Linkedin. He has written 2 books – on Linkedin and has hundreds of publications in various national magazines. He currently still maintains his activity as a lecturer at various universities.




Chief Operating Officer of Multipessoal

André Ribeiro Pires has been a board member of Multipessoal since October 2018, with the position of Chief Operating Officer and currently heading the digital transformation of the organisation.
André is a graduate in multimedia systems engineering and holds a post graduate diploma in Digital Enterprise Management, from the NOVA University of Lisbon. From  2014 to 2018 he was responsible for innovation and development at Randstad Portugal, developing new products, solutions and new business models as well as global project management.
Prior to that he worked at Portugal Telecom  where he headed various projects and teams in the area of  customer excellence. His career as an entrepreneur began in 2006 when he became involved in various digital and technological projects.
He declares himself an accelerator who applies technology to transformation and simplifies business processes, resulting in high performance.


Head of Safety Excellence and Workplace at Axians Portugal

Magda Faria leads Safety Excellence and Workplace at Axians Portugal. She is a member of Vinci Energies Europe’s Safety Club and leads several intra-organizational key workgroups, focused on inspiring people and projects. Magda Faria was responsible for the development and promotion of several strategic projects, such as the introduction of new methodologies like Design Thinking and the redesign of the organizational structure of Novabase Infrastructures and Managed Services. At Novabase Digital TV she took over the role of After Sales Manager, responsible for managing Telco clients and Cisco partnership. She started her career at Octal Systems Engineering. Magda holds a degree in Business Administration from Lusíada University, a MBA from AESE Business School, a degree in Design Thinking from Design Thinkers Academy in London and from Organizational Culture by Zappos Insights in Las Vegas.

Susana Véstia

Head of People and Culture EU at Philip Morris International

Susana Véstia, currently Head of People & Culture for the EU region at Philip Morris International (PMI), started her career in Human Resources in Tabaqueira, PMI’s Portuguese affliliate as an HR Trainee back in 2001. She has been with PMI since then and has worked in Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and the UK, holding local, global and regional roles including heading the HR function for the UK and Portugal. With a degree in Psychology and a post-graduation in Psychoterapy, she started her career as a Psychoterapist to shortly conclude she would be happier in an organizational setting where working with and through others was key to success. Passionate about people’s development, she believes bringing the best out of people is key to an organizations’s ability to achieve. And in her view, bringing the best ouy of people means so much more than meets the eye! Her holy grail as an HR professional is to continuously work towards the dream of seeing the right people in the right organizational setting being happy while delivering against their true potential.

Margarida Cardoso

Manager People & Culture PT at Philip Morris International

Margarida Cardoso joined Philip Morris International in 2009 and after holding different HR roles, she is currently responsible for People & Culture in Tabaqueira, the PMI’s Portuguese affiliate. With a degree in Psychology, she started her career in HR consultant helping different clients in Talent Acquisition and Organizational Development projects.
Margarida is passionate about people, impact of leadership and changing environments. She works every day to help creating a workplace and an organization where people can thrive, add value and be valued.

João César das Neves

Professor and President of the Ethics Commission at Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics

João César das Neves is full professor and president of the Ethics Commission at Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics. Was Economic Advisor to the Portuguese Prime-Minister (1991/95) Author of more than 50 books and some scientific papers, he has been commentator at the Portuguese media.

Ricardo Parreira

CEO of PHC Software

Ricardo Parreira is the CEO of PHC Software, a Portuguese multinational company. He is also the author of “Gestão descontraída, mas profissional” (Relaxed but Professional Management). He is passionate about leadership, business strategy and corporate culture. Having led the company for over 30 years he has contributed to over 33 thousand companies in over 25 countries adopting better software management tools which adapt to any company or business. At PHC he helped create an ecosystem of corporate culture which allows people working there to feel happier, more motivated and, consequently, more productive.
That focus has been recognised by various entities, and earning PHC a place on the ranking of best companies in Portugal to work at and several awards for happiness in the workplace, management processes and best HR practice.

Denize Dutra

CEO at Denize Dutra Gestão e Desenvolvimento

CEO at Denize Dutra Gestão e Desenvolvimento, is a company that has been operating since 1988, specializes in Leader Development in several public and private organizations, and non-profit sector in Brazil, Portugal and Cape Verde.
Master’s degree in Public Administration – EBAPE – FGV. Postgraduate in Business Management and Education. Organizational Psychologist with 40 years of experience in developing people. International Certification in Integrated Coaching.
Academic Coordinator and Executive Professor in MBAS and other programs in the areas of humanities and HR at FGV- Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Consultant of the Delfim Project for the European Community. Visiting professor at the University of Coimbra.
Lecturer in national and international events and Co-author of the books Human Resources: Transforming by Management and Insertion of Talent and the Workforce of Refugee Professionals in Brazilian Organizations.
Member of APG and ABRH.

Ricardo Fortes da Costa

Professor at ISEG Executive Education

An expert in leadership and human capital, with executive and multinational experience, he is an entrepreneur, teacher, researcher, speaker, consultant, coach, blogger and writer and defines his career as a constant search for new challenges.
He is a guest lecturer at ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management. PhD in Work and Organizational Psychology and Master in Labour Developmental Psychology from the University of Évora. Specialized in Talent Management from London Business School and Leadership from Kellogg School of Management.
He is also an International Certified Coach (European Association of Coaching). He is Managing Partner of Shore Consulting and Director of RH Magazine.
He was Managing Partner of SDO Consulting Portugal, Human Capital Director of Capgemini Portugal, Partner in several consulting and executive companies in the financial sector.
In 2008 he received the HR – Manager of the Year Award and in 2011 he was awarded an honourable mention – Consultant of the Year, both awarded by RH Magazine. In 2019 he joined the ranking of the Best Team Leaders Award for the first time, a partnership between Tema Central and Nova IMS and QMetrics.
Ricardo Costa is also the author of several books on leadership, human resources and human development, and he is also the author of the blog “Mentes Brilhantes”.

Miguel Vicente

CEO of Made2Web

Miguel is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of experience in the leadership of Tech companies in several different countries in both Europe and Africa. He has been developing Digital Growth strategies for both B2B and B2C companies across different sectors.
He is passionate about Digital Sales Enablement and Digital transformation of both Sales and Marketing. One of His main interests in this field is to study the impact of Digital engagement in the behavioural models of organisations and how Marketing and Sales people interact between themselves and customers using a Digital framework.
He has a postgraduate course in Digital Marketing and he holds an MBA and a MSs in Human Resources Management.

Graça Rebocho

Human Resources Director at Altice Portugal

Graça Rebocho has a degree in Economics from ISEG and a Master’s in Human Resources Development Policies from ISCTE.
She held teaching positions at Lusíada University and ISPA-IU and since September of 2015 she teaches at the European University, in several curricular units in the HRM Degree and Master.
Her professional experience, in addition to teaching, includes the areas of Planning and Control, Human Resources Management for a period of 19 years, where she took on management roles in several companies of the PT Group.
Between 2012 and 2018 she was the Director of Altice Portugal Foundation, the entity responsible for corporate social responsibility programs and projects in the areas of Education, Health and Wellbeing and Social Intervention.
Since January 2019, she’s the Human Resources Director at Altice Portugal.

Luís Maia

Journalist/Reporter at SIC, Writer, Scriptwriter and Voice Over Talent

Luís Maia was born on October 15th, of 1976, in Póvoa de Varzim. He graduated in Social Communication at Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas. In 1999, he quited a part-time job in a Call Center, to start a non paid internship in TVI newsroom. There he began his career as a reporter, that later on took him to production companies such as Fremantle Media, Duvideo, Teresa Guilherme Produções and Comunicassom, as well as 24 Horas newspaper and TV stations like TVI and SIC.
In 2008 and 2009, Luís lived in Angola, where he coordinated the entertainment contents of that country’s first private channel, TV Zimbo.
As a Voice Over Talent, he does documentaries for History Channel, Discovery, Odisseia and Crime & Investigation Channel promos.
As an author, he has already signed nine non-fiction books, among which Maddie 129, co-authored with Hernâni Carvalho, as well as Perder Um Rosto, Ganhar Uma Vida e O Meu Filho Não Dorme, both solo.
He currently works for production company Coral Europa and reports live in the criminal analisys segment of Casa Feliz show, from SIC. He’s also a husband and father.

Clara Celestino

Human Resources Lead Portugal ( Customer Service Support & Commercial) at Microsoft| Coach & Facilitator|ICF Member

Professional and leader in the area of Human Resources, which through people and in partnership with business leaders leverage the team results. Has a career of more than 20 years of experience in very diverse sectors such as: Financial, FMCG and Technology. Today is the HR Lead for Microsoft In Portugal.

Clara Trindade

Human Resources Director at L’Oréal Portugal

Clara Trindade is the Human Resources Director at L’Oréal Portugal since 4 years, after being the Global HRD for 8 countries in the InterCement Group. With extensive experience in Human Resources, and with an international career, Clara has led teams in local and global roles, in companies such as Heineken in Brazil and Hay Group-Korn Ferry in Brazil, Morocco and Portugal. With a degree in Economy by Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Sorbonne (Erasmus), and certified in leadership and management programs in both Harvard and INSEAD, Clara’s passion is to unlock people’s full potential to fuel organization and business transformation.

Elsa Carvalho

Human Resources Director at Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Ana Paula Bernardo

Assistant Secretary-General

Ana Paila Bernardo is a graduate in Economics Licenciada from the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG) and in 2008/2009 graduated as a National Defence Auditor.
She has been the Assistant Secretary-General of the Workers Union since April 2009. She is responsible for the areas of economic policy and employment.
As a Member of the Permanent Committee for Social Cohesion (CPCS) since 2004 – she monitors social dialogue in general and takes part in discussions on various tri-party agreements within the CPCS.
She is also a member of the Social and Economic Council and of the Senior Council for Statistics.
Ana Also represents the UGT on various Committees and Working Groups of the European Confederation of Trade Unions, more specifically within the framework of European social dialogue.



Patrícia has been a television journalist at TVI for thirteen years.
She has been the morning face of TVI e TVI4 for over ten years, between 6 and 10 am, every day. She was a part of the founding project of TVI 24 and worked both in the areas of society and economy. She has a PhD in Social Sciences, with a major in Political Science, and her research is focused on political communication. She also has a Masters Degree in Political Science and is a graduate in Journalism and Communication, as well as having written numerous scientific papers in this field.
She lectures at NOVA University and at the Military University, as well as ISLA in Santarém. She is also a trainer in the fields of corporate communication and media training and television journalism. She recently co-authored a book on “Emotional Success”, where she interviewed 24 well-known figures who described the way in which emotional intelligence has helped them attain success in their personal and professional life.
She is a member of the Leading Brand Advisory Group.