On the 13th december, VdA will host a conference on “Business Foundations: Agents of Change”, promoted by the Portuguese Foundations Center and GRACE, with a support of the Vasco Vieira de Almeida Foundation.

This conference will count with an international participation and intends to combine the business knowledge with the philanthropic approach of any foundation, to fulfill the duty of solidarity and promote and dignify citizenships. Finally to discuss the growing strategic role of corporate foundations in the development of the Portuguese social economy.

Vasco Vieira de Almeida will welcome everyone, and Maria do Céu Ramos, Margarida Couto and José Miguel Júdice will take care of the ceremony opening.

The debate on “challenges and opportunities for Business Foundations” will be moderated by Paula Guimarães with the participation of Gonçalo Matias, Daniel Bessa and Raimundo Pérez-Hernandez.

“Leading by example”, a panel moderated by António Gomes Mota will count with Margarida Couto, Rui Pedroto and Miguel Coutinho.

The last panel will have a debate moderated by Nathalie Ballan with Sophie Faujour, Rafael Chueca Blasco and Paula Guimarães on “How to maximize the social impact?”.


9h30 – Welcome

9h45 – Opening

  • Maria do Céu Ramos | President of the Portuguese oundation Center
  • Margarida Couto | GRACE President
  • José Miguel Júdice | Foundation Counsel

10h15 – Challenges and opportunities for Firm Foundation

  • Gonçalo Matias | Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation
  • Daniel Bessa | Bial Foundation
  • Raimundo Pérez-Hernandez | Ramón Areces Foundation
  • Jorge Filipe | Pão de Açúcar Foundation – Auchan and Auchan Youth Foundation
  • Moderator: Paula Guimarães | Montepio Foundation

11h00 – Coffee Break

11h30 – Lead by example

  • Margarida Couto | Vasco Vieira de Almeida Foundation (Key Note speaker)
  • Rui Pedroto | Manuel António Mota Foundation
  • Miguel Coutinho | EDP Foundation
  • Moderator: António Gomes Mota | Portuguese Institute of Corporate Governance

12h15 – How to maximize social impact

  • Sophie Faujour | European Venture Philanthropy Association
  • Rafael Chueca Blasco | Fundación Bancaria « la Caixa”
  • Paula Guimarães | Montepio Foundation
  • Moderator: Nathalie Ballan | GRACE

13h00 – Lunch