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José Manuel Barroso – Keynote Speaker

Chairman Goldman Sachs International

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  • Building Global Confidence
  • Future of Europe
  • Societal Trends
  • European Union
  • International Trade


  • Spanish

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José Manuel Barroso is chairman of Goldman Sachs International. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2016 after a high profile career in EU and Portuguese politics.

In 1999, Barroso was elected president of the Portugese Social Democratic Party and became the leader of the opposition. In 2002, he was elected Prime Minister of Portugal and in 2004 he was nominated as President of the European Commission. Barroso remained in the Presidency for two five-year terms where he played an influential role in the passing of the Treaty of Lisbon, responding to the financial crisis and incorporating new members in the European Union, as the EU went from 15 to 28 countries between 2004 and 2014.

On behalf of the EU, José Manuel Barroso received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 and gave the acceptance speech together with the President of the European Council.

Barroso’s academic positions included visiting professor at Georgetown University. Most recently, he was visiting professor of International Economic Policy and a policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton University.

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