EurAfrican 2022

Miguel Pinto Luz

Vice-President, Cascais Municipality, Portugal

Miguel is the current Deputy Mayor of Cascais/Portugal (population 230,000). Since 2005 he has held various public positions, both in central government as Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications during Portugal’s XX Constitutional Government, and in his hometown of Cascais.

Miguel is currently President of the Alfredo de Sousa Foundation, Vice-President of the Tourism Board of the Lisbon region and member of the Board of Directors of the Inclusive Community Forum.

He holds a MSc and a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon), continued his academic and research career at the same school, where he also taught in several undergraduate and graduate courses, currently teaching at the Nova School of Business and Economics.

Miguel also has an MBA from AESE / IESE Business School (University of Navarra) and is currently developing a PhD in Leadership at Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University). His research interests include public service motivation, servant leadership and public sector governance.

Miguel is a resident columnist in one of the largest Portuguese daily newspapers. And every week he signs a rubric in a national radio station. He is frequently invited to comment on the main national media and national television networks.

He has been developing a new vision for the future of cities and with successful cases already implemented in Cascais. He is internationally recognized for this work, being invited as a keynote speaker around the world on the topic of Smart Cities and the future of democracy.