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Neil Alexander Ford is a freelance consultant and journalist, specialising in Asian and African affairs; the energy sector; and political and security risk. He has 20 years of experience as a journalist on magazines, newspapers and websites, including as a magazine editor. Neil has carried out fieldwork in Mozambique and Portugal.

Mark O´Neill is a Hong Kong-based author and speaker who has lived in Asia since 1978. He was a correspondent for Reuters in Beijing and New Delhi and later we worked for South China Morning Post in Shanghai.

Gonçalo César de Sá has been a journalist since 1973. Born in Mozambique studied in Johannesburg, worked in the capital radio station and later in the Ministry of Information during the transition period before independence in 1975. He later worked for companies like the BBC, AFP, RTHK, O Jornal and Lusa Portuguese News Agency, as a director for 30 years. Since 2009, Gonçalo has been director of Macaulink Media Group.
He is an expert in the relations between China and the Portuguese speaking-countries.

Paulo Dias de Figueiredo is a business journalist and analyst, having worked as the head of the news agency of Portugal´s United Nations Bureau and more recently in the Government of Portugal. He has a Master´s degree in Applied Management at Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics (2017-18). He is currently a first year Ph.D. candidate, researching on China-Portuguese-speaking countries context and business risk analysis matrixes.

José Luís de Sales Marques is the President of the Board of Directors of the Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM) since 1 January 2002. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Cantonese. Sales Marques studied economics, graduating from the University of Porto in 1982. He later received a master’s degree in European Studies in 2003. His thesis focused on China-EU relations. Sales Marques has worked for the Macau government since 1983 first in the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and later as Mayor of the city until 2001.

Pedro Esteves is Partner at Africa Monitor (intelligence production and consultancy company on Africa) since 2016 (www.africamonitor.net). He also been involved in competitive intelligence training as well as international business development, mostly on Africa and the Arab World. He worked for several years in the Portuguese intelligence service, as Defense Directorate bilateral relations director and Minister of the Interior political assistant. He published several academic articles, opinions in the press and books on intelligence and international politics. He graduated in International Relations, with a master in Political Science and post-graduation course on International Security at St. Andrews University.

Francisco Almeida Leite (FAL) is a senior level corporate executive, currently serving as Member of the Board of Directors in Elevo Group and as Executive Director in Normetal Group. He is also the President of the Banking Union, Insurance and Financial Institutions of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (UBSIF- CPLP). UBSIF-CPLP is a non-profit private law association designed to develop institutional and commercial ties between CPLP financial institutions, as a way of enhancing economic development of the member countries, which include Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and Sao Tome and Principe. He previously served as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, overseeing the Portuguese government’s diplomatic relations with many African sovereigns. Whilst working in the official sector, Francisco was also an Executive Board Member of SOFID, a Portuguese Development Financial Institution operating with a public-private partnership model that aims to contribute to the sustainable development of countries with less developed economies, with a core focus on Africa.