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PhD in Management by the University of Edinburgh (UK), Masters Degree in Finances by the University of Porto Economics Faculty (FEP), degree in Management from FEP. Assistant professor at FEP. Consultant in the Management Control area (in particular, cost systems conception). Research interests: theoretical fundaments (analytical) of control management models (in particular, activity-based costing and balanced scorecard); information economy (namely, endogenous information structures). Published author in scientific journals, Economics Letters and Economics Bulletin.

Sandie Costa executive MBA by EGP-UPBS / Advanced Program in Management and Leadership (UPC)/Post-graduate in Corporate Finance (ISCTE)/ Graduate in Economy (Economics Faculty of Porto)/ Senior manager for the PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory department / Responsible for Advisory Transactions department training / Intern Training / Has been involved in due diligence, evaluations, restructuring and financial analyses and deal advisory, supporting the companys purchases and sales / Vast international experience, aiding transactions in France, Italy, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Angola and India / Some of Sandie Costas advised clients are Amorim Group, Efacec, ColepCCL, Auto-Sueco, Renault, Euromedics, Jaba pharmaceutics, Laboratórios Azevedos, Nova Cimangola, 3i, BPI Private Equity, Backbock and Brown, BESI, Tecneira, Enernova, Electrabel/ Suez and Selénis Energia.

Civil Engineering, Masters in Construction in the field of Economics and Quality of Ventures by the IST of UTL. General Manager of Certicon.

Steve has a career that is both commercial and academic. Outside of Wharton, Steve is Venture Partner, Burrill & Company, a merchant bank and venture capital fund focused on the life sciences and health care. His role there is general management of overseas venture capital funds, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Academically, he currently holds an appointment as Lecturer, Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs and Senior Fellow, Wharton Health Care Management. During his 18 years at Wharton, he has created eight courses throughout the University that he has taught to over 5000 students. Steve’s primary areas of research coincide with his venture activity: health care and biotech capacity building in the emerging markets; private equity and venture capital approaches to economic development; and, the role of the private sector in addressing needs in global health. During his private sector career, Steve has been involved in the creation or funding of nearly 40 biotechnology, Internet, and information technology companies globally. He is on numerous Boards of Directors including HealthRight International, the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, Dynamis Therapeutics, Combinent BioMedical Systems, and serves as a senior advisor to Mitsubishi Corporation’s Life Science Business Unit, and the Royal Bank of Canada Strategic Technology Fund. He is also a member of the publications board of the European Venture Capital Association and the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology. He is also lead editor of Scientific American Lives, a new magazine on innovation in global health Steve is founder and chair of the International Institute for Biotechnology Entrepreneurship, a non-profit organization that offers intensive training programs throughout the world. His activity with the World Bank/International Finance Corporation (IFC) includes co-authorship of their Bioindustrial Investment Ethics Framework, leader of a major project on global academic technology transfer, the pilot project of which is focused on India. In addition, he is lead contractor on a World Bank project addressing the design of Chinese government-backed venture capital fund. Steve previously held the positions of Vice President of Development of Teleflex Incorporated and Vice President, S.R.One, Ltd., GlaxoSmithKline’s venture fund. During his career he was Managing Director of the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Pennsylvania, and held a similar position at Thomas Jefferson University. At the start of his career, Mr. Sammut co-founded and served as CEO of the Delaware Valley Organ Transplant Program over an eight year period building it into one of the largest organ banks in the world. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Villanova University in biological sciences and philosophy, attended Hahnemann Medical College for two years, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School.

Steven Sonsino is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School and is Director of the Young Professionals Programme, one of the School’s flagship open General Management programmes. He is an award-winning tutor, coach and writer specialising in strategic leadership and leading change and he has just published his fourth book (Leadership Unplugged). His research is focused on Leadership and Identity in complex and chaotic organisations. Before joining the LBS he was lecturer in Strategic Management, Globalisation, Strategic Innovation and Leadership at the Cranfield School of Management for the MBA and executive education programmes.

Degree in Management (1994) from the Faculty of Economics of University of Porto (FEP). Master in Business Sciences (2001), majoring in Finance (FEP). PhD student in Business Sciences at FEP. Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (since 1998). Executive member of the Board of Directors of the Hospital Centre of Vila Nova de Gaia (2003-2006). Banking technician (1994-1998) at BBI (currently part of Banco BPI).

Vice-chairman and Operations director for Sheraton Algarve/Pine Cliffs Resort. Graduated in Tourism and Hotel Managment. MBA from Surrey University, specialized in Total Revenue Management and Hotel Operations.

MBA and Post-graduate degree from the Catholic University. Certified in Production and Inventory Management by the American Production and Inventory Control Society. Partner at Deloitte. Specialist in strategy and organizational transformation. Collaborates with major national and international companies in the sectors of consumer goods and energy.