With more than 25 years of experience in social inclusion, diversity, migration and youth issues, Pedro Calado joined the Gulbenkian Foundation in 2020. Before that date, he was the High Commissioner for Migrations for 6 years, a position he combined with the role of National Coordinator of the Escolhas Programme, where he began in 2001, and President of the Commission for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination.
He was President of the OECD Working Group on Migration in Paris and a Portuguese representative at the European Commission’s European Integration Network in Brussels. Before that, he founded several civil society organisations and was a consultant and external evaluator in several national and international initiatives and organisations.
As High Commissioner for Migrations, he received the United Nations Public Service Award in 2019, awarded to the National Support Centres for the Integration of Migrants, and the International Juvenile Justice Award in 2014 for the work carried out with the Escolhas Programme. In 2003, he received the Heinz Roethof Award, awarded by the European Commission to the “Neighbourhood Tutors” project, from the Escolhas Programme.
With an undergraduate and master’s degree in Geography, with a specialisation in “Exclusion, Society and Territory” from Universidade Clássica of Lisbon, Pedro Calado is a PhD candidate in Sociology at ISEG. Guest lecturer at several Universities, especially on the topics of Migration, Innovation and Assessment, he has co-published several articles and books.