António Guterres is a former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (June 2005 to December 2015). António Guterres has been suggested as the Portuguese candidate for the United Nations Secretary General.
António Guterres was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1996 to 2002. He was also a Member of the Portuguese Parliament from 1976 to 1983 and from 1985 to 1995. In addition, from 1981 to 1983, Mr. Guterres was a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg.
António Guterres has a technical background in engineering and a degree in engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico, in Portugal. He also had an academic experience in the mid-1970s as an Assistant Professor of Physics and Telecommunications.
He is an invited professor of the Instituto Superior Técnico, responsible for the Chairs of Sustainable Development and Innovation.
Apart from an extensive political, professional and academic curriculum, as well as a number of publications, António Guterres has also been involved in the activities of many non-governmental organizations. He was a founding member, for example, of the Portuguese Refugee Council in 1991. He is also a Member of the Club of Madrid and of the Ibero-American Forum.