Our team Board Members

Nienke Trooster

Honorary Chairman

Her Excellency Ms Nienke Trooster was appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Portugal in October 2018 and fulfils the position of Honorary Chair of the Dutch Portuguese Chamber of Commerce.

Nienke Trooster is a career diplomat who served the Dutch Foreign Ministry at a number of Embassies abroad (such as Vietnam, Japan and Croatia). She became Ambassador to Portugal as from October 2018. In her role as Honorary Chair of the Chamber she is aiming to be supportive and to provide the Chamber with useful ideas.

Nuno Pinto de Magalhães

Chairman

Nuno is Director of Communication and Institutional Relations of Central de Cervejas, which is part of the Heineken group. In addition Nuno is vice president of the Portuguese Association of Advertisers "APAN".

Among other positions, Nuno is also President from Auto Regulação Publicitária (Portuguese self-regulatory organization for advertising) and APIAM (Portuguese Industrial Association for Natural Mineral and Spring Waters). 

Nuno joined the Board in 2015 and was elected Chairman on 13.12.2017. Nuno is the first Chairman of Portuguese nationality in the history of the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber was founded in 1986.

Eric van Leuven

Vice-chairman

Let's talk about what's next

Eric van Leuven is the former Chairman 2009 – 2015, and is currently Vice Chairman. He is the Managing Partner of international real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield in Portugal since 1991.  

Eric was born in The Netherlands but has lived and worked in Portugal since 1982.

As a member of the C&W’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Board from 2007 to 2012, he was Chairman of the firm’s operations in Central Europe (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania). He is now a member of the firm's European Executive Council. Eric is also Chairman of the Portuguese section of the RICS - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

 

Leendert Verschoor

Treasurer

Leendert Verschoor is a partner in PwC Portugal and has a longstanding experience advising companies and individuals on taxation matters. 

He has a degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and a degree in Tax Law from Leiden University. Specialised in taxation of multinational enterprises and transfer pricing and is responsible for the human resources services team, including individual income tax and social security services to, among others, expatriates, privately owned (familiy) business and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals.

Michiel Bos

Board Member

Michiel is of Dutch origin but was born and raised for a large part in Portugal. Michiel has a large experience in Industry and also worked as senior manager at KPMG.

From 2005-2009 Michiel was Chairman of the Chamber and since then remained on as a very supportive Board Member.

Michiel studied also in the Netherlands and took up business studies at West London and Hammersmith College. He also took a degree in business administration at ESADE/Wharton. Michiel has worked for different industries, varying from printing, packaging to textiles. 

After working in Barcelona for 6 years Michiel has returned to Portugal and has setup hos own company Maxitrade & Consultorina and works mainly in Iberia and the Portuguese speaking African countries

Rui Borges

Board Member

After his studies in Organization and Management of Enterprises at ISE, Rui held several finantial positions in companies like Goodyear and Warner Home Video.

He currently is CEO of GrandVision Portugal, part of Dutch Hal investment, integrating the Multi Opticas, Grand Optical and Solaris chain.

GrandVision currently employs 750 employees in Portugal and opened a factory in 2014 in the North of Portugal. Aim is to have 200 stores by the end of 2016.

Armando da Cruz

Board Member

Although from Portuguese origin Armando lived in the Netherlands for many years and also received his professional training there, obtaining an SVO degree and concluded his study in Marketing and Management at IBW in Utrecht. With over 30 years of experience in import, - export in meat trading Armando is an important element in our Board, especially for Small and Medium sized companies. 

Armando worked as Account and Export Manager for one of the biggest beef and pork slaughterhouses in the Netherlands. After having worked for some Dutch companies in the meat sector, he was envited to become Commercial Director at T. BOER&ZN, actually part of the VanDrie Group  (world leader in Dutch veal meat) and then decided to start his own company Cruzimpex-Imp/Exp Lda. Cruzimpex proved to be successful and meanwhile also opened another Cruzimpex office in Spain. 

Armando joined the Board in 2015, but has been a loyal member of the Chamber since 1993.

Manuel Eugénio

Board Member

Manuel Eugénio is country manager Philips in Portugal.  Philips was one of the founders of the Chamber of Commerce in 1986. Manuel has alway been a great support and recently joined the Board of the Chamber.

Alexander Griekspoor

Board Member

Innovate and create your own career

Alexander Griekspoor is a software developer in Lisbon, Portugal from where he writes innovative software for scientists. 

After a PhD in Cell Biology he switched fields and joined the European Bioinformatics institute as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow. By then however Alexander was already better known as "Mek" from the duo "Mekentosj". Together with his friend Tom "Tosj" Groothuis he developed a number of scientific Mac applications, two of which won Apple Design Awards for best Best Student and Best scientific Mac OS X application, respectively. What started in his spare time as hobby became his passion and turned into a young and exciting software company with 7 people on 4 continents. They created Papers, which won their third Apple Design Award. In 2012 his company was acquired by Springer Science+Business media where he continues to head the Papers unit. Alexander strongly believes the economic future of both Portugal and The Netherlands will rely on talented young people deciding to take their destiny in their own hands by starting small new companies that grow out to be tomorrow’s main brands.

José Miguel Leonardo

Board Member

José Miguel Leonardo is the managing director of Randstad Portugal since March 2014. Since then he also joined the Board of the Chamber and has shown great solidarity with our Chamber.

José Miguel holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the ISEL, Lisbon and has worked abroad for many years.

Before passing through Stanley Security (a leader in the electronic security market), José Miguel Leonardo was CEO (2003-2010) of Imperalum - manufacturer of special products for the building - and has held senior management position with The Dow Chemical Company - Company, plastics and agricultural chemicals.

Rita Lufinha Borges

Board Member

Rita has had a longstanding experience as a lawyer in different law firms focusing on areas such as finance and real estate law (tourism and investment projects). She is Associate Coordinator at law firm Miranda & Associados, which is present in 17 countries. 

Rita graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University and was admitted to the Bar in 1997. At present Rita focuses on telecommunications law and real estate for Miranda Law firm, one of the most recognised firms operating in Palop countries. Rita joined the Board in december 2015. 

Pedro Rebelo de Sousa

Board Member

Pedro is the Founder and Managing Partner of SRS Advogados (SRS) which succeeded Simmons & Simmons in 2009. Pedro has a longstanding professional legal career in Finance and MA issues.

Together with the Financial Markets department of SRS, Pedro advises numerous financial institutions as well as asset managers, hedge funds, investment funds and private equity funds. SRS has offices in Lisbon, Funchal and Oporto, as well as in Angola, Brazil, the Cape Verde Islands and Mozambique. Pedro has particular experience of capital markets, and international corporate and project finance transactions.

Pedro joined the Chamber in 1998 as Board Member and has since given his valuable support.

Luís Newton

Board Member

Luis Newton is President of Estrela Borough since 2013, being responsible for quality of life improvement to all constituents. Luis is a passionate leader, inspiring his team and its constituents that epublic sector should be solution based instead of problem basd. He also believes that public governance models can drive innovation.

 

Luis Newton is President of Estrela Borough since 2013, being responsible for quality of life improvement to all constituents. Digital Transformation and Change Management have been key focus areas. He is also involved in lobbying for a digital and citizen engaged government.

Luis is a passionate leader, inspiring his team and its constituents that public sector should be solution based instead of problem based. He also believes that public governance models can drive innovation.

Before joining Estrela Borough, he was advisor for the Secretary of State of Culture in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, he embraced a new role before becoming a candidate for Estrela: PSD Parliamentary Group Advisor.

Recently, he was chosen as Portugal’s CIO of the Year 2015 - Public Sector.

Geesje Mosies

Board Member

Owner of Hoooked, a textile recycle and production firm in Portugal, Geesje Mosies is one of the newest Board Member of the Chamber. Geesje Mosies has a vast experience in Project Management, having worked in Logica, an IT focused enterprise, and in the Finance Department in the Netherlands.

 

Geesje Mosies Public Administration background and her vast experience in Project Management, having worked in Logica, an IT focused enterprise, and in the Finance Department in the Netherlands, Owner of Hoooked, a textile recycle and production firm in Portugal. Geesje Mosies is one of the newest Board Member of the Chamber. 

Paul Smeets

Chairman Fiscal Committee

Paul has lived in Portugal for more than 30 years. Paul is an entrepreneur "pure sangue" and has owned several businesses. He has been involved in security, real estate, archeology and currently also participates in an internet company called Grande Mercado.

Paul has been a longstanding member of the Chamber and assumed his role as Chairman of the Fiscal Committee for over 15 years.

Paula Malaca

Fiscal Committee

Paula has worked as an accountant and financial controller for companies such as Reuters and PFE Portugal. Paula joined the Fiscal Committee of the Chamber in 2004 and served the Chamber with valuable input.

Large part of her career was dedicated to accounting firm Conceito where she also worked as marketing & sales manager and currently holds the position of Project Manager.

Jan Willem van Schaijik

Fiscal Committee

Jan Willem van Schaijik has been an active member of the Dutch-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce since he started working at KPMG in 1994 and became a member of the Fiscal Committee in 2009. 

Jan Willem's roots are in The Netherlands and after an international education in business administration, which took him through Belgium, France, Spain, Greece, the United States and Switzerland, he eventually adopted Portugal as his home country when he joined KPMG. 

As a consultant in the area of taxation for over 20 years, he has accompanied foreign direct investment projects and cross border business operations procuring, manufacturing or trading into Portugal and takes particular joy in seeing these synergies pushing and pulling the (well) hidden potential of Portugal's produce and entrepreneurs.