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João Pedro Matos Fernandes

Minister of Environment, Portugal

João Pedro Matos Fernandes has been Minister of the Environment since November 2015. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidade do Porto in 1991 with a degree in Civil Engineering (Territorial Planning) and completed his Masters in Transportation at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, in 1995. From 1990 to 1995, he worked for the Norte Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N) (Territorial Planning) as coordinator of the transport sector. He was advisor to the Secretary of State for Natural Resources from 1995 to 1997 and Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for Environment from 1997 to 1999. Between 1999 and 2005, he was member of the managing board of Quarternaire Portugal, Consultoria para o Desenvolvimento, S.A. He was member of the Board of the Ports of Douro and Leixões, between April 2005 and May 2008, and President of the Board of the Administration of Douro and Leixões Ports between April 2008 and May 2012. He was President of the Board of the Port of Viana do Castelo since its inception (January 2009) until May 2012. He was President of the Association of Ports of Portugal, between April 2008 and April 2010. He was Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico (Infrastructures) and at the Instituto Superior de Transportes (Energy and Environmental Impacts of Transport). He was a guest lecturer in Master courses at the Universities of Oporto, Lisbon and Naples. He has numerous public participations and has lectured as guest teacher in the areas of transport, infrastructure and territory. Between June 2012 and December 2013, he was advisor to the Managing Board of the Terminais do Norte and Portos do Norte (Grupo Manica), assuming management functions at the Port of Nacala in Mozambique. He was President of the Board of Águas do Porto from January 2014 to November 2015. He has been Minister of the Environment since November 2015.