Jose Manuel Pinto-Teixeira is ECES Vice President and former high level EU Official.

During his professional career, Mr. Pinto-Teixeira served as Ambassador of the EU/ Head of Delegation in several countries, including: Cabo Verde (10/2012 – 08/2017); Ukraine (09/2008 – 09/2012), Belarus (resident in Kiev – 10/2008 – 09/2011), Mozambique (09/2002 – 01/2006) and Macedonia (03/1998 – 08/2002).

In addition to this, he acted as:


  •     Head of Unit at the EU HQ in charge of relations with Southern Africa, PALOP (Portuguese speaking countries in Africa and Timor Leste, CPLP - Community of Portuguese Speaking countries (09/2006 - 08/2008).
  •     Head of Unit at EU HQ for Pan-African Affairs (02 – 08/2006)
  •     Head of EU Humanitarian mission (ECHO) in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia (01/1996 – 02/1998)
  •     Head of EU Humanitarian mission (ECHO) for Grate Lakes Crisis (Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire, Tanzania) – (1995)
  •     Head of EU Humanitarian mission (ECHO) for Caucasus (Russia – Ingushetia, Chechnya, Dagestan – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) – 1994
  •     Counsellor, Chargé d'affairs in the EU Delegation Angola (08/1992 – 02/1994)
  •     Adviser to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Portuguese Presidency of the EU (11/1991 – 07/1992)
  •     Counsellor, EU Delegation in Swaziland (04/1988 – 11/1991)
  •     Project Manager in Mozambique (09/1985 – 01/1988) with Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD)
  •     Professional engineering and project management in various countries, such as: Portugal, South Africa, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Cabo Verde (1977 – 1983)


With regards to his educational background, he has a post-graduate degree in Political Economy of Development at the London School of Economics.  He also completed postgraduate studies at the Technical University of Norway and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon.

Mr. Pinto-Teixeira is a native Portuguese speaker and he is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian. He also has a fair knowledge of Dutch, Afrikaans, Norwegian and Macedonian.