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IoD Central London International Trade Group presents Portugal: your EU Connection – Upcoming Opportunities

24 Nov 2020
Online webinar, Online
Ahead of the shaping of the new UK-EU commercial relationship, Portugal is determined to preserve its long-lasting ties with the United Kingdom and overcome potential challenges.

In this online session held in partnership with the Institute of Directors (IoD), the Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency and invited speakers from Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK and from APD, will provide key insights on the Portuguese Business Ecosystem, as well as reasons for British companies, entrepreneurs and citizens to consider Portugal for its next EU/European location.

Why attend?
• Get to know the Portuguese economic pathway
• Learn about the competitive advantages of trading with Portugal
• Hear from different stakeholders both from the public and private sector, including a testimonial from a British company that has recently invested in Portugal
• Understand some of the benefits of moving to Portugal



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Date & time: 24 Nov 2020 11:30 - 12:30
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Francisco Mora, CEO of WEC Lines, Ibero Portugal

After studying Business Administration, Francisco Mora worked from 1979 to 1986 in the stevedoring company called Multiterminal– Soc. Estiva e Trafego, Lda. In 1986, he started working for the Shipping Agency - Ibero Linhas Transportes, Lda, where he was responsible for several departments such as import, export, accounting, finance and commercial. After years of experience in each department, Francisco manages the company since 2001.

Since then, he has been growing the business by becoming the Local Agent of more maritime Shipping lines. Today, the company is present in all Portuguese sea ports carrying cargo from and to Europe, East Africa, North Africa , North America , South America , Far East and in general to and from all over the Globe, acting also as a Freight forwarder.

António Miguel Ferreira,  Managing Director - Iberia and Latin America

António Miguel Ferreira is the Managing Director for Iberia & Latin America and member of the Group Executive Board, at Claranet, a managed IT services provider in the areas of Cloud, Security and Workplace. He serves also as the President of Claranet Portugal, ITEN Solutions, Echiron and Inok.

In 1994, he was the Founder of Esoterica, the first Portuguese private Internet Service Provider. From 1999 until 2005 he served as Director of European Network Services for Southern-Western Europe, at US-headquartered Via Networks Inc, in 2004 he founded Amen Portugal, a web hosting provider, and in 2011 Lunacloud, a cloud infrastructure provider.

From 2004 to 2010 he was the president of APREGI (web hosters association) and from 2010 until 2016 he served also as vice-president and leader of the hosting committee of ACEPI and in 2014 to 2016 as a non-executive member of the board of Graduated in Computer Science Engineer at INSA Lyon (France) in 1996 and has authored Internet & Cloud books, launched in the US (2), Brazil (1) and Portugal (5).

Luis Castro Henriques

He holds an MBA degree from INSEAD (2009), an MPhil from the University of Cambridge (2008) and a Degree Level from the Catholic University of Portugal (2002). Currently he is Chairman & CEO of AICEP – Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency.

Previously, he was Executive Board Member of AICEP, since 2014, responsible for investment (Loans, Grants & Tax Benefits), financial management and corporate relations. Furthermore he was Chairman of AICEP Global Parques - subsidiary responsible for several logistical and industrial parks in Portugal, since 2015, and also managed the various shareholdings of the Agency.

Before joining the Board of Directors of AICEP, Luís Castro Henriques worked in the energy sector at EDP in the Marketing and Innovation Areas where he coordinated the marketing strategy/customer experience of the Group, managed the Marketing Analytics Area and led a diversified portfolio of projects such as technological partnerships, new product development while also identifying Venture Capital Investments.

Christina Hippisley

Christina became a director of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK in 2006 and she has been the Chamber’s General Manager since February 2009. After reading History at Trinity College, Cambridge, Christina started her career working for an international advertising and public relations business in London. The company then posted her to Lisbon, where she lived and worked for 10 years, in the process learning Portuguese and meeting a wide range of business contacts. Christina then sold her business in Portugal to the London-based Hemming Group and returned to London.

She continued her career in magazine and book publishing back in the UK, working in senior roles at the Hemming Group, Archant Specialist Media, Virgin Books, and Merricks Media. Since 2006 she has been working once again back in the Portuguese market, firstly for an international property developer with interests in the UK, Brazil and Portugal and latterly for the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK.



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