Meet our team

Luís Madureira Pires

Luís Madureira Pires

Chair of the Management Committee
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Degree in Economic Sciences by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Assistant Professor at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (1979/80 to 1983/84). Member of the negotiation team for Portugal’s Accession to the European Union in charge of economic and financial affairs (1979-85). In 1986 he was appointed Deputy Director General and then Director General for Regional Development (Ministry of Planning) up to 1995. During this period he was responsible for the co-ordination of the National Development Plan (NDP) and became national Fund coordinator for the European Regional Fund and the Cohesion Fund and chairman of the coordination bodies of all EU Structural Fund implementation in Portugal.

 

Early 1995 he moved to private consultancy on regional development and planning and on EU Structural Funds and provided expertise to ministries, regions and municipalities in Portugal and eight Eastern European countries, to the European Commission, to the World Bank, to the United Nations Development Program and to USAID. Angola, Cape Verde and Kazakhstan were other countries where he carried out consultancy activity.

Since 2013 he has managed the Cidadania Ativa Programme and from 2018 the Active Citizens Programme, both programmes funded by the EEA Grants, operated by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal and addressing civil society organisations.

 

Commander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique (Prince Henry the Navigator), 1994.

Paolo Cesarini

Paolo Cesarini

Member of the Management Committee
European University Institute

Former senior European Commission official with extensive expertise in competition, media and digital single market policies.

 

He has held a number of senior roles across the European Commission including for State aid in the area of R&D, innovation and risk finance (2011-2016), and antitrust enforcement in consumer goods, basic industries, agriculture and manufacturing markets (2003-2010) in DG Competition. He also served as Head of the Media Convergence and Social Media unit in DG Connect (2017-2020), and led initiatives addressing the technological transition of the European media industry, the interdependency of societal issues and digital media, online disinformation and the innovation gap between research, technology and culture. Before joining the European Commission in 1989, he worked as member of the Legal Service at the International Labour Organisation.

 

He has also been teaching EU competition law at Siena and Montpellier Universities, and is a frequent public speaker and author of various publications on EU competition and media policies.

 

Paolo holds a Master in International Law from Siena University and a Diploma of Higher European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges.

Susana Graça

Susana Graça

Project Manager
Research – Studies and Sandboxes & Actions in Support of Media Literacy
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
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She was formerly the Adviser for Economic Relations and the EEA Grants at the Norwegian Embassy in Lisbon. Her role included negotiating, monitoring, and facilitating bilateral relations for all EEA Grants supported programmes in Portugal.

 

She held several positions within the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, including Director of the Department. She designed and managed national and international funding programmes in the cultural field.

She is an economist who holds a PhD in Philosophy and Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands), focusing her research on cultural economics. She teaches Cultural Economics at the Theatre and Cinema School in Lisbon and she is a researcher at Creare Social Foundation (The Netherlands), where she develops and implements methods for evaluating cultural and social projects. She serves as an independent expert for European Commission funding programmes. She is an author of several papers and one book.

Ekaterina Solomina

Ekaterina Solomina

Project Manager
Multidisciplinary Investigations on Disinformation
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
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Ekaterina has extensive experience in media development and civil society capacity building in various national contexts and internationally. Starting her professional career with the Media, Arts and Culture Program with the Ford Foundation she went on to work on non-profit and intersectoral projects in traditional and new media, arts, international development, socio-cultural rights, sustainable development and biodiversity conservation.

 

She obtained a Master of Arts in International Relations and European Studies (Central European University, Hungary) and Master of Public Administration with a focus on Intersectoral Management (Hertie School, Germany).

Ekaterina Solomina

Bernardo Graça

Project Manager
Actions in Support of Fact-Checking
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
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Bernardo joined Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2021 as Project Manager for the European Media and Information Fund.

 

Prior to Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Bernardo gathered financial expertise working in Assurance, namely in investment funds, and in Project Management of EU Funded projects for the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund (AMIF) at the Portuguese High Comission for Migration. Bernardo is an Economist who holds a Master of Science in Development and International Cooperation, both from ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management from the University of Lisbon.