Biography Manuel Sebastião

Manuel Sebastião has been the President of the Portuguese Competition Authority since March 2008. Prior to this he was a Member of the Board of Directors, Bank of Portugal, between February 2000 and March 2008; Executive Director, Portuguese Insurance and Pension Funds Supervisory Authority, between March 1999 and February 2000; Advisor, Strategic Planning, Bank of Portugal, between November 1996 and February 1999; Executive Director of the Portuguese Trade and Development Bank (Banco de Fomento e Exterior, S.A., BFE Group) from July 1992 to October 1996, and Executive Director of the commercial bank of the BFE Group (Banco Borges & Irmão) from March 1995 to October 1996.

Mr. Sebastião was an economist with the International Monetary Fund in 1988-92, with the Bank of Portugal in 1986-88, with the Portuguese Development Bank in 1978-81, and with a consulting firm of the Portuguese private group CUF in 1974-75. He was also the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Industry in 1979 and an advisor with the Ministry of Industry in 1975. Over the past twenty five years, at various stages of his career, he was lecturer in economics at the Catholic University of Lisbon, the New University of Lisbon, and the business school ISCTE, also in Lisbon.

Mr. Sebastião holds an undergraduate degree (licenciatura, 1973) in economics from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, a graduate degree (Doctorat de 3ème cycle, 1978) in economic planning from the University of Paris I, France, and a Ph.D. in economics (1986) from Columbia University, New York, USA.

Mr. Sebastião is a Portuguese national, born in Luanda, Angola, in 1949.