José Manuel Barroso was the 11th President of the European Commission serving from 2004-14 and was previously Prime Minister of Portugal serving from 2002-04. He is currently chairman of Goldman Sachs International.
After university, José Manuel Barroso embarked on an academic career, working successively as a teaching assistant on the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, in the Department of Political Science of the University of Geneva, and as a visiting professor at the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.). In 1995, he became head of the international relations department of Lusíada University (Lisbon).
In 1999 he was elected President of the PSD Party in Portugal and was re-elected three times. During the same period, he served as Vice President of the European People’s Party. As Portuguese State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation he played a key role as mediator of the peace accords for Angola in Bicesse (Estoril, Portugal) in 1991, and as Minister for Foreign Affairs he launched talks with the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, that ultimately led to the independence of East Timor. Under his leadership, the PSD won the general election in 2002 and he was appointed Prime Minister of Portugal in April of that year. He remained in office until July 2004 when he was nominated by the European Council and elected by the European Parliament to the post of President of the European Commission. In his roles, he oversaw the fight against Ebola; the political handling of climate change issues; the crises in the Ukraine and with the Eurozone as well as the EU’s 2012 triumph as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
He has been awarded numerous honorary degrees and has received over 60 decorations, prizes and distinctions. On behalf of the EU, Barroso received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 and gave the acceptance speech together with the President of the European Council.
He is the author of a number of publications on political science, international relations and the European Union, including Le système politique portugais face à l’intégration européenne (1983); Uma Certa Ideia de Europa (1999); Mudar de Modelo (2002) and Reformar: Dois Anos de Governo (2004).
José Manuel Barroso became President of the UEFA-Foundation for Poor Children in March 2015.
Barroso’s academic positions included visiting professor at Georgetown University. Most recently, he was visiting professor of International Economic Policy and a policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton University
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