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.

Debate: In times of crisis, does State intervention in companies endanger the market economy?
Portugal registered considerable recovery figures and economic growth until the end of February. The emergence of the pandemic obliged an abrupt and never-before-seen shutdown of economic activity, provoking an unprecedented economic crash. The positive growth and retraction unemployment indexes of private initiative, gave way to deficits which were unimaginable just a few months ago. The State, which manages the revenue produced by everyone, was called upon to intervene, thus contributing to the effort of businesses in maintaining employment and in keeping themselves afloat. In some strategic cases, the State actually took on the role of shareholder. The State played its role! And after the crisis, will the State return to its role as regulator or should it continue to remain in the equity capital of businesses? Will the market economy as we know it be compromised after a crisis of this nature?