Chairman/Goldman Sachs International


Moved by the Leadership For Service, José Manuel Durão Barroso advocates change from within in politics.He was the President of the European Commission for 10 years, between 2004 and 2014, having been renewed in his position in 2009, after being re-elected for the European Parliament. In Portugal, he was sub-secretary of the Ministry of the Home Affairs from 1985 to 1987, and Ministry of the Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1995. Between 2002 and 2004, he was the country’s Prime-Minister. He was awarded with the Grã-Cruz da Ordem Militar de Cristo (a Portuguese award given by the Republican President) in 1996. And he has been a member of the Portuguese Diaspora Council since 2014.

He is graduated in Law by the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, and he has a Master’s degree in Social and Economical Sciences, from the European Institute of the University of Genebra. Apart from his political path, he also developed an academic career as an assistant professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, and he passed through the Department of Political Science in Georgetown University (in Washington). Durão Barroso was also an assistant professor and Director of the Department of Political Science in the University of Lusíada, in Lisbon. Teaching is also a passion for him, as the the way to directly shape young minds and empower generations through knowledge.