António Cunha

António Cunha

António Cunha is Universidade do Minho' Rector, Member of MIT Portugal Operating committee and Full Professor at the  Department of Polymer Engineering at Universidade do Minho.As an academic manager he was member of the UMinho By-Laws Council (1990), of the University Senate (1989 to 1991), director of the Polymer Engineering Program (1992 to 1998), head of the Polymer Engineering Department and of the Polymer Engineering Research Centre (1999 to 2004), and dean of the School of Engineering (2005 to 2009). He was also member of the By-Laws Council (2008) and elected for the UMinho General Board in 2009. The research activity has been carried out in the domains o structure development of moulded polymers, non-conventional processing techniques, micromoulding and processing of biodegradable polymers, at IPC - Institute for Polymers and Composites, a unit of the I3N - Institute for Nanostructure, Nanomodelling and Nanofabrication (Laboratório Associado do Estado) and is one of the co-founder of the 3Bs - Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics Research Group. He developed a large number of international partnerships with universities and research centres and also developed an intensive activity in innovation projects with Portuguese and foreign companies of plastics processing and mouldmaking, with a special focus on the automotive and aeronautic sectors. António Cunha is also the CRUP (Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities) representative for the MIT Portugal Program.


Keynote Ernest Moniz

ERNEST MONIZErnest J. Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Director of the Energy Initiative, and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the MIT Department of Physics, where he has served on the faculty since 1973. Professor Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy from 1997 until January 2001 and, from 1995-97, as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. At MIT, Prof. Moniz served as Head of the Department of Physics and as Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. His principal research contributions have been in theoretical nuclear physics and in energy technology and policy studies. He currently serves on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST).


Paulo Ferrão

Paulo FerrãoNational Director of the MIT Portugal Program and Sustainable Energy Systems Focus Area Lead. He is Full Professor at IST and co-founder and current director of IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research and coordinator of the area of Sustainable Technologies and Environmental Systems at the Institute for Systems and Robotics- associated laboratory (ISR). His scientific career has evolved within the areas of “Laser diagnostics for turbulent combustion systems”, “Analysis of Energy Systems” and “Industrial Ecology”, where the principles of Thermodynamics have been complemented with social and economic fundamentals in order to promote the analysis of the complex systems that characterize the major issues that are relevant for sustainable development of modern societies. He is author of three books and co-author of two other in the area of Industrial Ecology, its principles, tools and different case studies. He is author of more than fifty papers published in journals and book chapters and over eighty papers presented in conferences and invited talks in different domains. He has co-organized more than a dozen international conferences and leaded more than thirty scientific projects in the areas of Energy Efficiency and Industrial Ecology.


José Estabil

Jose EstabilJosé J. Estabil, Director, Skolkovo / MIT Program on Entrepreneurial Innovation and Program Director, MIT Portugal Program IEI. José Estabil has 20 years of experience in translating technology into dominant designs and high growth businesses.   He directs the MIT Portugal Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, and co-architected and launched a €1M Venture Competition with ISCTE-IUL that has enabled participants to accelerate their market traction and raise €3.5 MM in venture financing.  Mr. Estabil also administers MIT’s efforts to launch the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, an integrated academic / administrative department that will integrate I&E education, research and commercialization (tech transfer, sponsored research, and industrial liaising).  Prior to joining Prof. Charles L. Cooney's innovation group at MIT, he managed the Materials Science and Software Patent portfolios at the MIT Technology Licensing Office, and he was an active volunteer at the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.  Mr. Estabil introduced the film measurement dominant technology (KLA-Tencor) to and helped pioneer Copper wires (IBM) for the semiconductor industry, and held various executive management roles in Silicon Valley and Japan. He is an advisor to Arctic Sand (an MIT spinout), TT Ventures (Italy), tau-Metrix (Silicon Valley), and Weadaptus (Boston/Portugal), and is a Catalyst for MIT Innovation Teams. Mr. Estabil earned his Sc. B. and Sc. M. in Physics from Brown University, where he is a founding member of the President's Advisory Council and is co-founder of BULAC. Mr. Estabil holds eight U.S. patents, and has authored or co-authored over twenty publications in the fields of semiconductor materials and semiconductor metrology.


António Cardoso Pinto

Executive president and main shareholder of Adira S.A. He became shareholder in 2008 and carries with him a vast knowledge of global operations and financial management, developed throughout a groundbreaking track record including key assignments in top management functions of major companies.

Before ADIRA he was Executive President of EFACEC (biggest electromechanical company group of Potugal), leading the international expansion of the group towards a role as world player in that sector.

He was member of the board of Petrogal S.A. since the start of its privatization process.During almost 10 years he was Executive Vice-President of the ESSI Espírio Santo investment bank, where he was in charge of Project Finance, Corporate Finance and all the affiliated companies. Previously, he was site manager of Shell Portugal, and subsequently migrated to the Shell Center in London, where he was responsible for the international oil facilities for distribution of main products.


Bruno Sommer Ferreira

Bruno FerreiraChief Business Development Officer at SilicoLife. Bruno Sommer Ferreira’s scientific career gives him an extremely broad view of bioprocesses. He worked in areas as diverse as microalgae culturing, the monitoring and optimization of the microbial production of recombinant proteins and the development of culture systems for stem cells. Bruno is co-author of over 30 publications and member of several scientific societies. Bruno worked as Assistant Professor at Universidade Lusófona and as consultant for private companies. He is advisor to national and international entities and projects on Industrial Biotechnology, contributing also in diverse discussion panels of the European Commission and the OECD. He was Vice-President of the Portuguese Bioindustries Association (2009-2011). Bruno is also the CEO of Biotrend.

Dava J. Newman

Dava NewmanDava Newman is A Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow; Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems Director, Technology and Policy Program Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences and Technology Lead, Bioengineering Systems Focus Area, MIT Portugal Program. Her expertise is in multidisciplinary research that combines aerospace biomedical engineering, human-in-the-loop modeling, biomechanics, human interface technology, life sciences, systems analysis, design and policy. Dr. Newman's research studies are carried out through space flight experiments, ground-based simulations, and mathematical modeling. Current research efforts include: advanced space suit design, dynamics and control of astronaut motion, mission analysis, and engineering systems design and policy analysis. She also has ongoing efforts in assistive techologies to augment human locomotion here on Earth.Dr. Newman is the author of Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design, an introductory engineering textbook with accompanying CD-ROM, published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. in 2002. She has also published more than 100 papers in journals and refereed conferences.

José Valente

FOTOjose valenteJosé Valente, is graduated in Electronic Engineering by Lisbon’s ISEL - Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (1977) with post-graduation in Management by UNL -  Universidade Nova de Lisboa(1990).

He joined Iber-Oleff, in 1994 as its General Manager. As General Manager, he led the first steps for the establishment phase of the Company plant and has been its General Manager since then. In 1990 he joined General Motors - in the Portugal’s plant of Azambuja – as a team member that had reorganized and expanded that Plant. He then was promoted as Area Manager, taking the leading responsibility of the new Paint Shop from the project phase, construction and management - from its startup phase up to the production run of the Area.During all his career, Mr.José Valente has been working with well-known international companies and trained in an international business environment. Automotive industry has been the main focus of his last 20 year’s professional activity.


José Oliveira

j oliveiraJosé Oliveira is the Associate Director - Technology Development & Industrial Director Packaging Division- at Colep S.A.  He is responsible for the research development and introduction of new technologies in the universe of the group's activities. He is currently leading projects of new technologies for replacement or surrogate. José Oliveira holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering by Faculdade de Engenharia da Unviersidade do Porto and developing a professional career at Colep since 1984.


André Pina

AndrePinaAndré Pina, Chief Techonology Officer of Watt-IS André has an Integrated Master Degree in Technological Physics Engineering and a PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems within the MIT Portugal Program, both from IST. He has participated in several national and international projects with top research centers and industry partners. After his PhD, André co-founded Watt-IS which aims at promoting energy efficiency in the residential sector.


Cristiana Paulo

Photo Cristiana PauloCristiana Paulo is a researcher at Matera, a startup that has been created in 2009 by Lino Ferreira, Biocant and Biocant Ventures. She is a PhD candidate in the MIT Portugal program in Bioengineering Systems. Her work, focused on the development of innovative antimicrobial nanocoatings with application in the biomedical field, gave rise to Matera's first patent. Previously she obtained a Master degree in Cell Biology from the University of Coimbra for her  work in the field of pathogenic yeast identification and epidemiology at the Medical Microbiology group of the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology.  

Daniela Couto

Daniela CoutoDaniela Couto is the is CEO at Cell2B . Daniela  holds a PhD Degree in Bioengineering from Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. She studied the process of technological innovation for emergent therapies in healthcare in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She lived in the Boston area for about two years, while doing research at MIT. Daniela holds a M.Sc. Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Universidade do Minho, Portugal. During this period, Daniela enrolled the ‘ERASMUS’ Program as a researcher at Politecnico di Milano. She has participated and been awarded in different strategic and business plan competitions, such as the Alnylam Strategic Competition at MIT Sloan School of Management. She has also been distinguished with entrepreneurship prizes, such the Women Entrepreneur Award – Start 2011 by ANJE, the Portuguese Association for Young Entrepreneurs.


Gonçalo Mendes

Gonçalo MendesGonçalo is a finishing PhD candidate in Sustainable Energy Systems at Instituto Superior Técnico under the MIT Portugal Program. Along with a group of fellow colleagues, Gonçalo founded in the end of 2011 the MIT Portugal Energy Club, a student-led organization thriving to bring together the often distant sectors of Academia and Industry and to disseminate knowledge in the field of Energy by promoting ground-breaking showcases of technology and research and educational and discussion-oriented events at a national level. At an academic level, he is looking at possible pathways for the development of microgrid technology in Portugal by performing energy planning modeling of urban clusters of buildings. He holds a degree in Environmental Engineering from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and did Advanced Studies on Energy Systems at IST.

Sara Matias, E3 Forum

Sara MatiasSara is pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering Systems from the MIT Portugal Program while working for Champalimaud Foundation where she is using optogenetic, electrophysiological and behavioral approaches to understand serotonin' plays in behavior.  Sara is also part of students’ E3 initiative team since its inception in 2011. E3 stands for Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship and  represents the key fields where a young graduate will seek a professional career and are focus themes of this initiative. She is currently with the responsibility of establishing institutional and industrial partnerships for the realization of the 2nd E3 Forum that wil happen on June 28th and will be entirely promoted by PhD candidates from the MIT Portugal Program. Sara’s entrepreneurial spirit has taken her to be involved in the organization of the innovative and successful science communication events Ar at the Champalimaud Foundation. She holds a MSc. in Biomedical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico.