Who's Who
Bernardo Pires de Lima Bernardo Pires de Lima

Bernardo Pires de Lima (Lisbon, 1979) is currently a Researcher at the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (since 2004), a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (since 2012), Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C, a foreign affairs columnist for the Portuguese daily newspaper, Diário de Notícias, since November 2010, and a foreign affairs analyst for the national television and radio broadcasts RTP and Antena 1, since July 2015. He also advises on transatlantic policy issues and geopolitical risk for Maintrust Investment Consulting and is a member of the strategic council of the Institute for the Promotion and Development of Latin America (IPDAL). In 2012 he had a Luso-American Foundation Fellowship (FLAD) and has been awarded with the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, from The German Marshall Fund of the United States, in 2013, one of the most important leadership and networking programs for future transatlantic leaders under 40 years old. In the last years, he’s been traveling around the United States, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, an old continent he prefers to measure, like Tony Judt, “in train time”: he went on three inter-rails throughout the last decade.

His comments have been published and released in several Portuguese and European radio broadcasts (Rádio Renascença, TSF, Antena 1, Rádio Europa, Rádio Clube Português, RFI, BBC, Deutsche Welle), national television networks (TVI, TVI24, SIC, SIC Notícias, RTP1, RTP2, RTP3, RTPInformação, RTP África) and news agencies (Lusa, Reuters). He was also a contributor and a columnist for other Portuguese newspapers and magazines (Diário Económico, I, Atlântico, Notícias Magazine), and for several international publications (Majalla Magazine, World Politics Review, Huffington Post World, Atlantic Treaty Association Commentary, The Diplomat, The National Interest, Hurriyet Daily News, Berlin Policy Journal). He has been regularly published in peer-reviewed journals like Relações Internacionais, Nação e Defesa and European Foreign Affairs Review.

Bernardo Pires de Lima was a Research Associate at the National Defense Institute (Portugal), between 2005 and 2009, field of transatlantic relations and international security, and has been a member of several study groups on transatlantic security and Middle East affairs, and a lecturer at the National Defense Institute, Portuguese Diplomatic Institute, Diplomatic Academy of Turkey, Portuguese Academy of Sciences, Nova University, ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, Catholic University and Lusíada University of Lisbon.

He holds a Degree in Political Science (2003), a M.A in International Relations from Lusíada University (2006), and has his PhD currently frozen (Nova University of Lisbon) due to several professional responsibilities. His research is focused on the US foreign policy during Bill Clinton’s administration towards the role of NATO immediately after the end of the Cold War. During his studies he spent one year at the Department of Political Science, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy), was the Portuguese representative at the Leaders Program in Advanced Security Studies (LPASS), George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (Germany), and has also attended the NATO/PfP Staff Orientation Course, NATO School Oberammergau (Germany), the US-NATO Program for International Opinion Makers, Brussels (Belgium), and The Future European Leadership Tour (Israel). He has also been working on foreign policy consultancy for diplomatic, political and economic entities.

He is the author of Administração Hillary (with Raquel Vaz-Pinto, Tinta-da-China, 2016), a study of Hillary Clinton’s worldview, Putinlândia (Tinta-da-China, 2016; José Medeiros Ferreira Prize 2016), a collection of essays about the current European and Mediterranean steps of Vladimir Putin, Portugal e o Atlântico (Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, 2016), an essay on the rise of the Atlantic and the role of Portugal, A Síria em Pedaços (Tinta-da-China, 2015), a collection of chronicles on the syrian civil war; A Cimeira das Lajes: Portugal, Espanha e a Guerra do Iraque(Tinta-da-China, 2013), a study of the Portuguese support of the American decision to use force against Iraq, which has represented the most difficult balance between European and Transatlantic pillars in the Portuguese democratic history; and Blair, a Moral e o Poder (Guerra & Paz, 2008), a critical analysis of Tony Blair’s decade on foreign affairs with a particular emphasis on the European and Atlantic balance during the Kosovo and Iraq crisis.

Bernardo Pires de Lima is a member of the Portuguese Association of Political Science, the Transatlantic Studies Association and the EU Integration Forum. His main areas of interest include transatlantic relations, European security, US, British and Portuguese foreign policies.

Benoni Rodrigues - Brazil Benoni Rodrigues - Brazil

Benoni Rodrigues is a well-known developer from Fortaleza, Ceará. His company specializes on building touristic developments and investing on Commercial Developments.

Charles Kagay - California Charles Kagay - California

Charles Kagay earned his undergraduate degree, graduate degree and J.D. from Harvard University. He was admitted to the bar in 1976, and served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of California from 1976 to 1985. He is a past member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California's Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section.

Mr. Kagay has been certified as a specialist in Appellate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and has served on the State Bar of California's Committee on Appellate Courts. He handles appeals in all California and federal courts, particularly in cases involving complex or novel legal or procedural questions.

Mr. Kagay has taken a lead role in several major antitrust and class action cases, including the Petroleum Products Antitrust Litigation, at both the trial court and appellate levels. He also has served as principal attorney in numerous prominent appeals, addressing issues of antitrust law, administrative law, physician credentialing, and first-impression questions of civil procedure and statutory interpretation. These include:
• Young v. Tri-City Healthcare Dist., 210 Cal. App. 4th 35 (2012)
• Mileikowsky v. West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, 45 Cal.4th 1259 (2009)
• UAS Management, Inc., v. Mater Misericordiae Hospital, 169 Cal. App.4th 357 (2008)
• Yaqub v. Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, 122 Cal. App.4th 474 (2004)
• Bay World Trading, Ltd v. Nebraska Beef, Inc., 101 Cal. App. 4th 135 (2002)
• Cel-Tech Communications, Inc. v. Los Angeles Cellular Telephone Co., 20 Cal. 4th 183 (1999)
• United States v. Blackley, 167 F.3d 543 (D.C. Cir. 1999)
• In re Sealed Case, 121 F.3d 729 (D.C. Cir. 1997)
• United States v. Espy, 145 F.3d 1369 (D.C. Cir. 1998)
• In re Espy, 80 F.3d 501 (D.C. Cir. 1996)
• Abramson v. Gonzales, 949 F.2d 1567 (11th Cir. 1992)
• In re Co-ordinated Pretrial Proceedings in Petroleum Products Antitrust Litigation (MDL-150), 906 F.2d 432 (9th Cir. 1990)
• Bullock v. City and County of San Francisco, 221 Cal.App.3d 1072 (1990)
• Pichon v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., 212 Cal.App.3d 488 (1989)

While still conducting his civil practice in California, Mr. Kagay served as Chief Appellate Counsel in the probes of two cabinet-level officials in Washington, D.C. He has also been called several times by the California Attorney General in complex litigation matters, including the antitrust trial in United States v. Microsoft.

In every year from 2004 to 2010, Mr. Kagay has been selected as a "Northern California Superlawyer" – i.e., one of the top 5% of the lawyers practicing in Northern California, chosen on the basis of peer evaluation and independent research.

Mr. Kagay is president of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms.

Chin Sou - Miami Chin Sou - Miami

2010 - Present: Business consultant "LA Investments & Consulting" between United-States and Europe. Real Estate Market Analyst in all Palm Beach County for different institutions.
2006 - Present: Certified International Properties Specialist: Specializing in the Luxury properties, condos hotels, hotels, office buildings, residential buildings etc..., between United - States, European Community and United Arab Emirates.
1998 – 2005 Entrepreneur of Palm Beach Pens & Cameras, Palm Beach, Florida - USA(6 years 8 months). Exclusive dealer in the Luxury Fine Writing Instruments, Leathers, Lighters, Watches.. Industry.
1989 – 2007 Entrepreneur of Galerie du Stylo, Bordeaux - France(17 years 11 months) in the Luxury Fine Writing Instruments, Leathers, Lighters, Watches.. Industry.
1987 – 2007 Entrepreneur of Espace Reporter Photo S.A (Photo Gears & Electronics Industry), Bordeaux - France(20 years),
. Specialized in photography & electronics, ranked among the top ten specialists in France . First ranked Sony/Minolta, Vivitar, Tokina dealer in France, selling 5,000+ cameras and lenses each year . Ranked third top Leica dealer in France
1984 - 1987 Hanimex & Vivitar, Australian Corporation – Photo Gears, Hi Fi & Electronics Industry, Paris (France): Export Sales Executive for European Community(3 years 8 months).
1980 -1983 Hanimex, Australian Corporation – Photo Gears & Electronics Industry, Paris (France): Chief Sales Executive for France territory(4 years).
1976 - 1980 Teaching the Martial Art (France), a student job.

David Schlatter - Colorado David Schlatter - Colorado

David Schlatter has many years of community experience leading organizations and initiatives. He is an active member of neighborhood and civic affairs. With a prior background in community-based economic development, David is passionate about improving the environments where he lives and works. He has three adult age children; The oldest is teaching overseas, another attends college, and his youngest is finishing high school having earned a perfect ACT score.

Recent Community Leadership Experience:
President, Palos Verdes Civic Association
Chair, Arapahoe County Citizens Budget Committee
Former VP, Centennial Council of Neighborhoods
Precinct Leader, 227. Delegate to County, State, and Congressional Assemblies
Member, South Metro Denver Chamber, Business Leaders Responsible Government
Volunteer, YFC Juvenile Justice Ministries, Colorado
Participant, Centennial 101, inaugural class 2013
Voting Site Supervisor for Elections
Former Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 457, Greenwood Village
Mission Leader, Turkey, Greenwood Community Church

Francisco DeVito - Miami Francisco DeVito - Miami

Every one of my clients is unique, and that is exactly how I treat him or her. I'm proud to say that a high percentage of my business comes from past clients-from people who choose my services time and again. I don't measure my success by sales, but by the relationships I build along the way. I have access the entire inventory for South Florida including thousands of condos. I selected to display only the best buildings and listings including over 9,989 apartments listed for sale in 302 buildings located in 19 neighborhoods around Miami including, South Beach, Brickell Ave, Downtown, Sunny Isles, Aventura and others.

Michael Ammann - California Michael Ammann - California

Member of the Board at California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation

Public-private partnership organizational leader with start-up, turnaround & organizational renewal experience in multi-jurisdictional economic development marketing organizations and a metro chamber of commerce.

Skilled and experienced in bringing together public private partnerships in association with elected and appointed public officials, business and university leaders.
Additional private sector business start-up & management experience in high technology companies.

Other skills include technology transfer, faculty start-ups & commercialization skills at University of Michigan & understanding real estate development through management of Arizona State University Research Park and the day to day practice of economic development.

Specialties: Management of small focused staff with key community leadership as volunteers board, executive, committee and task force members with economic vitality goals. Concentration in technology based economic development obtained from founding economic development organization in university community, management of a university research park, and facilitating spinout of technology companies based on university patents and know how.

Patrícia Barão - Portugal Patrícia Barão - Portugal

Patrícia joined JLL Lisbon in 2015 as Head and Associate Director of the Residential Department. Patrícia worked as Commercial and Marketing Director at Espírito Santo Property, between 2010 and 2014, and at Herdade da Comporta, between 2007 and 2010. Previously she had responsibilities as Sales Specialist at Hewlett Packard Portugal, was Team-Leader in the Corporate Management Department at OniTelecom, as Commercial Coordinator at Maxitel SA, and at Banco Comercial Português. Patrícia has a Degree in Tourism Corporates Management from ESHTE and a post-graduation in Corporate Marketing from CIDEC. Besides, she has complementary education in Models of Management and Commercial Exploitation of Residential Tourism and Resorts, in Sales & Negotiation Advanced Techniques and a Course on Success Selling. She speaks Portuguese (native language), English and Spanish.

Renata Tamagnini Barbosa - Portugal Renata Tamagnini Barbosa - Portugal

Cascais Jones Lang LaSale Sales Manager. Renata has a great experience dealing with hi end clients. Over the yeas she proved her excellence working in well known real estate companies such as INS and Christies. Now she embraced a new project always with the same high standards of ethics and professionalism.

SCHB Consulting SCHB Consulting

Helene Bochecha is a real estate broker working with know-how and professionalism in Algarve Region, south of Portugal. Helene is the CEO of SCHB Consulting and has worked on the real estate market not only in Portugal but also in Paris, France. SCHB Consulting is firm specialized on hi-end properties in the Algarve and a symbol of proven know-how on that market.

Ricardo Louro Ricardo Louro

Ricardo Louro is a well-known lawyer representing Martinez-Echevarria International Law Firm. With a Corporate Law degree from the “Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa” and a post-degree on tax law Ricardo has been advising DRS costumers with the maximum of success. His know-how and proven track record of success makes him the right professional to work when the subject is regarding Law and Tax Advisory or Visa or immigration options in Portugal.

Vasco Cunha Mendes - Portugal Vasco Cunha Mendes - Portugal

Vasco Cunha Mendes is the Project Management Director for Albatross Group in Portugal. This is one of the main developers in Portugal specialized in creating investment packages for international clients. From agribusiness to touristic developments Vasco has a great experience and track record in all areas of the real estate market.

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