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The CMU Portugal Program hosted its annual Board of Directors Meeting in Lisbon

The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program held its annual Board of Directors (BoD) Meeting at Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) Headquarters in Lisbon on September 20th. The BoD is part of CMU Portugal’s governing structure and is responsible for policy oversight and discussion of the CMU Portugal Program plan of activities.

The BoD was represented by the following five members:

  • José Paulo Esperança, Chair of the Board of Directors, Vice-President, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
  • James H. Garrett, Provost, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Paulo Jorge Ferreira, Rector, Universidade de Aveiro, Representative of the Council of Portuguese Rectors
  • Shelley L. Anna, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs, Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering
  • Rogério Carapuça, President of the Portuguese Association for Development of Communications (APDC), Representative of Industry.

The meeting’s agenda started with opening Remarks by José Paulo Esperança (FCT) and James Garrett (CMU) and was followed by the presentation of the CMU Portugal Progress Report (2018-2019) by the CMU Portugal Directors. The session ended with the proposed activities for 2020.

After the meeting, representatives from the industry joined the BoD for a working lunch which included Pedro Bizarro (Feedzai), Jorge Graça (NOS), João Mira (Thales), João Afonso (REN), João Conceição (REN), Pedro Carvalho (Altice Labs), José Alegria (Altice). The lunch was an excellent opportunity to share ground for future collaborations in the areas of reseach, collaboration and Higher Education.

This was the first BoD meeting of the 3rd phase of the CMU Portugal Program, engaging the CMU Portugal Program stakeholders from both sides of the Atlantic into a reflection of the initiatives developed since 2018 and also to re-evaluate the strategy for the future, especially in what concerns capturing talent for research and development in the areas of ICT, always in synergy with Portuguese universities and companies, and with the Carnegie Mellon University.

The Board Meeting also counted on the participation of a Representative of the External Review Committee, Sir John O’Reilly; the CMU Portugal National Directors, Nuno Nunes and Rodrigo Rodrigues; the CMU Portugal Director at CMU, José Fonseca de Moura; the Executive Director in Portugal, Sílvia Castro; the Associate Director at CMU, Megan Flohr and Ana Reis from the International Partnerships office at FCT.