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José Manuel Barroso

Prime Minister of Portugal 2002-2004 & President of the European Commission 2004-2014
Country: Portugal
Fields of Expertise: Politics, International Economic Policy

José Manuel Barroso

José Manuel Barroso is Chairman and non-executive director of Goldman Sachs International and an advisor to the firm. Barroso joined Goldman Sachs in London in 2016 after an established career in the European Union and Portuguese politics.

Having first been elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1985, José Manuel Barroso served as Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Minister of Foreign Affairs in successive governments. In 1999, he was elected President of the Social Democratic Party and became the leader of the opposition. In 2002, he was elected Prime Minister of Portugal, and in 2004 he was appointed President of the European Commission. José Manuel Barroso remained in the Presidency for two five-year terms where he played an influential role in the approval of the Treaty of Lisbon, in the response to the financial crisis and in the incorporation of new members to the European Union, from 15 to 28 countries between 2004 and 2014. On behalf of the European Union, Jose Manuel Barroso received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 and gave the acceptance speech together with the President of the European Council.

Barroso graduated in Law at the University of Lisbon and completed a master’s degree in Political Science and a diploma in European studies at the University of Geneva. Barroso was visiting professor at Georgetown University and, recently, a visiting professor of International Economic Policy and a policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton University. He is also a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Portugal and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

José Manuel Barroso has been awarded numerous honorary degrees and has received more than 60 decorations, prizes and honours, including Portugal’s Grã-Cruz da Ordem Militar de Cristo, and the Grande Colar da Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique.

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All sessions by José Manuel Barroso

Lessons from the past

29 May 2019
18:15 - 19:15