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Catarina Gonçalves
Graduated in Communication and Journalism, with a postgraduate degree in Political Advising and Media. On her way to a master's degree in Political Science at ISCTE.
She assumed the role of digital content manager at the Foundation in October 2023.

Last updated: october 2023
Joana Ferreira da Costa
Leads the Foundation's Digital & Social Content Management team.
She coordinated the Digital Area and the Fronteiras XXI project, with a monthly debate program in a partnership with RTP, the national Portuguese television.
Joana Ferreira da Costa was a journalist between 1997 and 2016. She worked for 11 years at the daily newspaper «Público» writing about Science, Health Policies and Politics, having been a resident's reporter at Parliament. She then worked as a sub-editor at «Diário de Notícias» and at weekly newspaper «Sol».
She has a degree in Social and Cultural Communication from the Portuguese Catholic University.

Last update: march 2023
Jaime Gama
Born in 1947, he graduated in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon and led several Ministries in different governments (Internal Affairs, National Defense and Foreign Affairs). He was Member of Parliament from 1975 to 2011, were he held office as Speaker, consequently becoming a member of the Council of State. Presently, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Lisbon University and of the Strategy Board of the Political Studies Institute of the Lisbon Catholic University. Member of the Supervisory Board of the Military University Institute and of the High Council of the Navy’s Centre for Strategic Studies. He also belongs to the Aspen Ministers Forum. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Novo Banco Azores and Chairman of the Supervisory Board for the electronic newspaper Observador. He is Senior Strategic Counsel at Albright Stonebridge Group. He was awarded several Portuguese and foreign decorations. He received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of the Azores and is Chancellor of the Ancient Portuguese Military Orders.

Last updated: september 2022
Luísa Loura
Director of Pordata and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation. She holds a PhD in Statistics and Computing and graduated in Mathematics, Luísa Loura is a professor and researcher at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. She was director of the Directorate-General for Education and Science Statistics. As a researcher, she published works in the areas of extreme theory, stochastic processes, biostatistics and the teaching of statistics.
António Araújo
Director of Publications and member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, António Araújo was born in Lisbon in 1966. He obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in law at the University of Lisbon and holds a PhD in contemporary history from the Catholic University of Portugal. He was a teacher at the Faculty of Law and teaches now at NOVA FCSH. He is adviser to the Constitutional Court, in unpaid leave, and was consultant to the President of the Republic for political affairs. He is the author of several books and articles in political science, constitutional law and contemporary history. He represents FFMS on the Board of the Portuguese Foundation Center.
João Tiago Gaspar
João Tiago Gaspar started working at Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos in 2016, having held different positions in the Scientific Department until becoming head of Research and Science Communication (in 2022). As of 2024, he became responsible for the Foundation's Content and International Affairs, maintaining the position of director of the Foundation's Summaries collection (created in 2018). He was a teaching assistant of History of International Relations at NOVA FCSH, in the 2020/2021 academic year, having accumulated this position with his functions at FFMS. Between 2015 and 2016, before joining the Foundation, he was a research assistant at the ICS of the University of Lisbon, as part of the 2015 Portuguese Electoral Study. He graduated in Political Science and obtained a master’s degree in Governance, Leadership and Democracy Studies at the Portuguese Catholic University, where he is working on his PhD in Political Science and International Relations. He was also an exchange student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a visiting student at Lincoln College, University of Oxford.

Last updated: May 2024
Gonçalo Saraiva Matias
Gonçalo Saraiva Matias is Chairman of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the Foundation. He is a professor at the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Portugal, where he also obtained his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. He was director of the Catholic Global School of Law and visiting professor at Washington University. He conducted research at the Georgetown University Law School as a Fulbright visiting scholar. Most of his work falls within Regulatory, Administrative, Constitutional and International Law. He was the director of the Migration Observatory, Secretary of State for the Administrative Modernisation of the XX Constitutional Government. He has been advisor for legal affairs to the President of the Portuguese Republic since 2008. In 2016, he was awarded the title of Grand Officer of the Order of Infante D. Henrique. He was born in Lisbon, in 1979.

Last uptade: September 2022
Maria Manuel Mota
Born in 1974, she has a degree in Biology and obtained the degree of Master of Immunology at the University of Porto in 1992 and 1994. She got her PhD in 1998 from University College London ( UK ) and until 2002 developed research at New York University Medical School. From 2002 she led a research group at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science, and since 2005 at the Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM ), Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon (which has run from 2014). In 2005-2010 was a researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA). She has won several national and international awards such as the European Young Investigator Award from the European Science Foundation ( 2004) or Pessoa Prize (2013 ) . She was awarded by the President in 2005 with the Order of Infante D. Henrique. It has published over 100 scientific articles and holds 4 patents. It belongs to the Editorial Board of three international journals. Appointed by the Board of Trustees in November 2015.
Eduardo Marçal Grilo
Born in 1942, got is PhD in Mechanical Engineering from IST in 1973. He was among other duties, General Director of Higher Education between 1976 and 1980 World Bank Project of the General Coordinator in Education between 1980 and 1985; President of the National Council of Education 1992-1995; Minister of Education 1995 to 1999; Administrator of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation between 2000 and 2015. He is currently the President of the General Council of the University of Aveiro since 2015. he is also de member of other several institutions. He is the author of several publications in the field of engineering and in the areas of Education and Development Aid. He was awarded the orders of : Military Sant 'Iago of the Sword of Merit and Public Instruction.

Last updated: july 2022
Carlos Jalali
Carlos Jalali has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oxford, he teaches at the University of Aveiro (UA), where he also directs the master's degree in Political Science and the UA-UBI doctoral program in the same area.
President of the Portuguese Association of Political Science, he’s one of the main researchers in this area. He has dedicated himself mainly to the study of political institutions and party systems, political communication and electoral behavior in Portugal.
In Aveiro, he is also responsible for the research group on Public Policies, Institutions and Innovation of the Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies research unit.
He coordinates the project «European Elections in Change: the impact of adjustment programs in the Eurozone on European Parliament Election campaigns».
He published “Parties and Party Systems”, an essay by the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation (2017).

Last update: january 2022