João Pinto is the new Dean of Católica Porto Business School

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 12:12

João Pinto assumed the position of Director of the Católica Porto Business School (CPBS), with the new Management taking office on December 13th. The new Dean is a professor of Finance at CPBS, a member of the Executive Committee of Católica Porto and co-leader of INSURE.Hub. He is also a consultant for the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in financial innovation, evaluation of investment projects and sustainable finance. He has held management positions in public and private companies in different sectors of activity.

At the inauguration ceremony of the new Board of the Católica Porto Business School (CPBS), the Rector of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), Isabel Capeloa Gil, highlighted “CPBS’s affirmation in the demanding panorama of Business Schools in Portugal as a School focused on impact. Here, we always wanted to be more, and the Management now taking office lives up to this ambition, nurturing a differentiating proposal.”

The new Board of Católica Porto Business School, led by João Pinto, is also made up of Paulo Alves, who assumes the role of Vice-Director and four Associate Directors: Ana Lourenço, Conceição Silva, Helena Correia and Alexandra Leitão.

In his inauguration speech, the new Dean assumed that “there are challenges that lie ahead and are foreseeable, which we cannot ignore, associated with sustainability, science financing and talent retention. Furthermore, we know that Portuguese society has been faced with challenges regarding birth rates with lasting consequences and that competition is strong, not only at a national level but also at an international level, a stage where the School must continue to grow to become assert itself as one of the best business schools in Europe”. Additionally, “the challenges that the job market imposes on us are increasingly demanding”.

João Pinto also stated that “there are opportunities from the perspective of developing a School that assumes at its core the purposes that have been proclaimed by Pope Francis, such as the importance of territoriality, research at the service of improving the economy and the centre in the human person.” A School that seeks to have an impact on society “through three fundamental areas of activity: Teaching, Research and Innovation, and Service and Social Responsibility. The new Dean advocated “a School that goes further: that innovates with impact, that develops a global mentality, that promotes a close connection with practice and that reinforces its orientation towards the themes of Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability”.