António Bob Santos

Short Bio

PhD in Economics from ISCTE-IUL. Since July 2022 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology. Between May 2021 and June 2022 he was Executive Coordinator of the “Impulso Jovens STEAM” and “Impulso Adultos” (Recovery and Resilience Plan) Programs, at the General Directorate of Higher Education. He was a member of the Board of Directors of ANI – National Innovation Agency (2018-2021), as well as the Executive Committee of FITEC – Innovation, Technology and Circular Economy Fund.
Since 2001, he has collaborated with several members of the Government in the area of Innovation Policy, having been part of the design, management and monitoring teams of PROINOV (Integrated Innovation Support Program), as Deputy to the Prime Minister’s Office, of the XIV Constitutional Government (2001-2002); the Technological Plan and Lisbon Strategy (2006-2009); the Digital Agenda (2015) and National Reform Plan (2009-2011); of the Portugal Digital Agenda and the National Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, (2011-2013).
He was also manager of innovation projects at UMIC – Innovation and Knowledge Mission Unit, Presidency of the Council of Ministers and collaborated with CEiiA – Center for Engineering and Product Development in the area of Smart Cities. He also has experience as a teacher in Higher Education, being the author of several articles in scientific publications and academic books and opinion articles in the areas of innovation, technology and digital.

More about the Opening Session

António Bob Santos will participate in the Opening session along with Paulo Freitas, José Manuel Mendonça and John Ekerdt.