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José Manuel Durão Barroso

Part-time Professor

Florence School of Transnational Governance

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Portuguese, French

José Manuel Durão Barroso

Part-time Professor

Florence School of Transnational Governance


José Manuel Barroso is Part-time Professor at the School of Transnational Governance. He is former President of the European Commission (2004/2009 and 2009/2014), former Prime Minister and member of the Portuguese Government (1985/1995 and 2002/2004) in varying roles including Minister of Foreign Affairs. Barroso was appointed Chair of the Board of Gavi - the Vaccine Alliance in September 2020, starting in January 2021. Since 2016, he is Chairman and non-executive director of Goldman Sachs International.

Currently, he is a Visiting Professor at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa and Director of the Center for European Studies at its Institute for Political Studies. He is also a Visiting Professor at Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Mr Barroso has several books and articles published in academic journals on Political Science and International Relations and was the founder and first editor of Revista de Ciência Politica.

He was elected member of the Portuguese Parliament (Assembleia da República) several times since 1985 and served as Chairman of its Committee on Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He was successively State Secretary in the Ministry of Internal Administration, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Mr Barroso was President of the PSD, Social Democratic Party, between 1999 and 2004 and Vice President of the European People's Party. Whilst Prime Minister of Portugal he was invited by his European peers to be a candidate to the leadership of the European Commission and he was elected by the European Parliament for two terms as President of the European Commission.

He received the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, on behalf of the EU, having delivered the acceptance speech in Oslo, together with his European Council counterpart.

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