Ricardo is the Head of Office of INESC Brussels HUB, representing the 5 organisations of the holding, employing more than 2000 people and having world renowned reputation in research and technology transfer in diverse domains.
Ricardo has 20 years of experience in research, research management and science and technology policy in Europe and Latin America (FIESP – Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo). He combined and used his research experience as project manager of DINÂMIA-CET, a Socio-Economic Research Unit at the Lisbon University Institute. In three and half years he strongly contributed to exponentially increase (multiply by 4) the number of national and international research projects developed by the research team. He was full-time NCP for the 7th EU FP. He left to kick-start and coordinate the “Strategic Projects and International Relations Team” at the National Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Culture – Ciência Viva (2010-2012).
As advisor to the administration of the Portuguese national research council (FCT) Ricardo coordinated the development of the Portuguese National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures at FCT and its Implementation Committee. He has been National Delegate for H2020 and the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), Chair of the ESFRI Strategy Working Group on Energy Issues for 3 years.
He was also the elected Chair of the Implementation Board of European Marine Biology Resource Centre and Science Europe WG on Research Infrastructures until he took up his mission as Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education of the XXIst Constitutional Government of Portugal. Ricardo has then been responsible for designing and implementing Research and Technology Organisations funding programmes at the National Innovation Agency (ANI) and was Deputy Secretary-General and Senior Advisor for R&I at CESAER.