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João Assunção Ribeiro


João Assunção Ribeiro, 36 years-old, postgraduate and Master in Law (Law in Juridical Science), had his Law Degree in Coimbra in 2000, University where he had several representative functions at the Faculty of Law (Assembly of Representatives and Pedagogical Council) and at the University of Coimbra (Assembly of Representatives and Senate). He holds an Advanced Studies Certificate on Sociology by FCSHUL – New University of Lisbon – and an Advanced course in Public Management by the National Institute of Public Administration. He’s currently doing a PhD on Sociology at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences Department of Sociology of New University of Lisbon, researching on corruption. He has several published articles on Law and Sociology.

Since October 2011 he is the C.E.O. of Foundation Res Publica and member of the working group on European Citizenship of the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP). At the National Bureau of the Portuguese Socialist Party he is the spokesperson and International Secretary. He is Member of the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists (PES) where he is responsible for the liaison with the PES Foreign Policy Network chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Espen Barth Eide.

. At the Socialist International he is the coordinator of the working group for the Activists and represents the PS Secretary-General coordinating the working group “Transparency & Accountability”. 

He has lived in Macau for six years (2002-2008) where he has been Adviser to the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture – currently Chief Executive of Macau - in charge for Health, Education, Tourism, Culture, Social Affairs, Sports and Youth Policies. He was also Senior Instructor at the Faculties of Law, Management and of Social and Human Sciences – University of Macau in International Public Law, International Business Law, Corporate Law, Economic Integration Law, Constitutional Law and Chinese Political Juridical System. 

During his stay in Macau he was co-author and co-producer of the documentary “350 meters” awarded with an honorable mention at the Macau International Festival of Cinema and Video in 2008 and special guest at the International Documentaries and Cinema Festivals of Taiwan and Beijing in 2009.

He held various coordinating and direction responsibilities in the 4th East Asian Games – Macau 2005 (East Asian Games Association), the 1st Lusophone Games – Macau 2006 (Lusophone Olympic Committee Association), and the 2nd Asian Indoor Games – Macau 2007 (Asian Olympic Council). He was Chief Executive Officer of the 2nd Lusophone Games – Lisbon 2009 (Portuguese Olympic Committee and Association of the Olympic Committees of the Portuguese Speaking Countries). 

Between 2009 and 2011 he was Director of the International Affairs Department of the Ministry of Justice of Portugal, Deputy Secretary General of the Conferences of Ministers of Justice of the Iberian-American countries and of the Portuguese Speaking countries, member of the National Commission for Human Rights and member of the Portuguese Permanent Bilateral Commissions with USA and Macau. At the same period, he was the head of delegations in many international groups: GRECO (Europe’s Groups of States against Corruption); European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC); OECD’s Working group on Bribery in International Business Transactions; 36th Committee of the Council (CATS) of the EU. He was an elected member of the Bureau of the Working group on Bribery in International Business Transactions in 2011.

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