Pedro Neto is the current Executive Director of Amnesty International Portugal, since May 2016. He was one of the founders and the president of the development NGO ORBIS – Cooperation and Development, where he carried out development projects in Portuguese-speaking African countries and Brazil, before assuming his role in Amnesty International.
With a degree in History, in the variant of Archaeology, from the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, Pedro Neto also holds a post-graduate degree in Educational Sciences, Religious Sciences and Human Rights, from the Portuguese Catholic University, the Aveiro Higher Institute of Religious Sciences and the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra, respectively. In addition, he also holds a master’s degree in Public Management and Administration from the University of Aveiro and is a PhD candidate in Public Policy, at the same university, in the research field of community leadership and human rights.
Pedro Neto was also deputy director of CUFC – Centro Universitário Fé e Cultura, in the Diocese of Aveiro, a professor at the Aveiro Higher Institute of Religious Sciences and a teacher in a public highschool. Since 2004 he has been carrying out several volunteer missions, including in inland Angola, where he worked in a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees refugee camp, and then in Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Cabo Verde, Amazonia and Morocco, in training and community development projects.