Her Excellency Ms Margriet Leemhuis was appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Portugal in August 2022 and fulfils the position of Honorary Chair of the Dutch Portuguese Chamber of Commerce.
Margriet Leemhuis has had an impressive carreer and has had various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad. She was Cultural Attaché in Pretoria, Deputy Ambassador in Slovakia and the UK, and Ambassador to Mexico and Belize. She has many years of experience working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and became Ambassador to Portugal as from August 2022. 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
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
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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 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 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 also studied in the Netherlands and took up business studies at West London and Hammersmith College. Moreover, he took a degree in business administration at ESADE/Wharton. Michiel has worked for different industries, varying from printing, packaging and textiles.
After working in Barcelona for 6 years Michiel has returned to Portugal and has setup his own company Maxitrade & Consultorina. He works mainly in Iberia and in the Portuguese speaking African countries.
In november 2018, Maarten moved to Portugal and became the Cluster General Manager at InterContinental Hotels Group for the hotels in Lisbon and Estoril. With Dutch nationality and a Bachelor´s degree of the Hotelschool The Hague in the Netherlands, Maarten began his career in the IHG group more than 30 years ago. In 2021 Maarten was promoted to Area General Manager IHG Portugal.
He has previously lead several hotels of the IHG brand, such as InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco (USA), InterContinental Buenos Aires (Argentina), Crowne Plaza Bratislava (Slovakia) and InterContinental São Paulo (Brazil) gaining a wide international experience in three continents.
He joined the board of the Chamber in May 2020.
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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.
As from january 2020 Erik Lassche is the CEO of Fullsix Portugal, managing the team of 140 people from the digital agency. In addition, Erik is lecturer and co-ordinator of the Executive Education programme at NOVA SBE Doing Digital.
Erik started his career in the marketing area at Unilever, then moved to Centralcer, where he was Brand manager for the Sagres brand, subsequently joining the Fullsix group in 2006 where he was, until now, responsible for the Platforms area.
Erik joined the Board in May 2020.
José Miguel Leonardo
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 Lisbon Higher Institute of Engineering (ISEL) 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
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 a Partner 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 recognized firms operating in PAOLP countries. Rita joined the Board in december 2015.
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.
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.
Sjoerd Smeets, began his career in the insurance sector in 2004 at the largest Bancassurance company in the Netherlands - Achmea - where he was responsible for the actuarial department for 3 years in Russia.
In 2012, he joined Ageas in Brussels as a Non-Life Risk Manager for Continental Europe. As of 2016, he held the position of Chief Underwriting Officer Non-Life at Grupo Ageas Portugal. In 2019 he was invited to become a Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Ageas Portugal as CRO.
Sjoerd was nominated as Board Member of the Chamber in the General Assembly of 25 March 2021.
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 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.
Bernardo Masteling Pereira
Bernardo started his career working for INE – the Portuguese National Statistics Institute. After that, Bernardo has been a tax advisor for clients across different industries and countries, currently working for Mazars as a senior manager. Bernardo has strong connections with the Netherlands due to his Dutch mother, being fluent on the language, often traveling between countries.
As a tax advisor, Bernardo has experience on advising multinational groups while investing in Portugal and family-owned Portuguese companies on succession scenarios and M&A deals.