GENERAL DIRECTORATE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE
Bernardo Xavier Alabaça (1973), graduated in Engineering and industrial Management from the Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon. He then followed a postgraduate in Analysis and Real Estate Investment by the ISCTE, University Institute of Lisbon, and Master of Finance also by ISCTE.
He has developed his career of more than 20 years in the private and public sectors, carrying out management and administration functions, in addition to his own entrepreneurial initiatives. He was Director-General for Infrastructure of the Ministry of National Defence, Deputy Director of the Treasury and Finance of the Ministry of Finance, non-executive member of the board of directors of the real estate management companies SAGESTAMO and PARUPS, Department director at CBRE and DTZ, Director of Commerce and Development in EDIFER Real Estate and member of the Audit Committee of ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal and EP – Estradas de Portugal. He is currently an adviser to the Board of Directors of the West Lisbon SRU (Urban Rehabilitation) and Vice-Chairman of the General Assembly of PARPÚBLICA, Chairman of the Strategic Council of the Lisbon Real Estate Exhibition and member of the committee responsible for launching and conducting the negotiation for the conclusion of a contract for a surface right sub-concession on modules 4 and 5 of the Belém Cultural Centre, Lisbon.
A little bit of history
A European Heritage Summit was first organized in London on 26–28 April 2006 by Dr. Simon Thurley, former Chief Executive Officer of English Heritage. The mission of the Summit was to gather for the first time the European cultural heritage leaders who had the opportunity to exchange their experience and initiate common actions. It was attended by 23 European states which agreed in the Final Statement to continue to meet annually as a forum of European heritage heads, known as the “European Heritage Heads Forum”. Future hosting countries are chosen by general agreement at the annual meeting.