Rita Faden is the President of the board of directors and the executive board of FLAD, the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), since January 2019.
With a longstanding career in the fields of foreign affairs, EU affairs, Justice as well as Security and Defence, Faden has occupied many leadership positions in Portugal’s public administration.
She has been the Director-General of many ministries, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, having also integrated the board of directors of the National Industrial Property Institute.
With a vast experience in the representation of the Portuguese State and in international negotiations at the European Union and the United Nations, she was the head of the Prime Minister’s office between 2015 and 2018. Faden is graduated in Law by the Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa and holds a postgraduate degree in European Studies by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
Elsa Henriques and James J. Kelly also integrate the direction and the executive boards of FLAD.
Elsa Henriques holds a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering issued by the Instituto Superior Técnico, where she also is an associate professor.
Starting from 1991, she lectured graduate, masters and doctoral programs while mentoring masters and doctoral thesis, all of the following integrated with her personal investigation and in narrow articulation with her collaboration to the national and international industrial sector.
Since 2007, she has integrated working groups part of the MIT Portugal initiative while actively participating in the elaboration of a doctoral program in the field of “Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing”, which she coordinated.
Elsa Henriques participated and coordinated many national and European funded investigation and development projects, continuously interacting with the industrial sector while maintaining a close focus on technology transfer and results publishing as she has been the national delegate of the European Commission’s 6th and 7th Framework.
With more than 37 years of entrepreneurial and institucional experience in the strategic finance field, the US citizen James J. Kelly was an associate of Pacific Crest Securities, an investment firm that operates in the consultancy of companies in the technologic sector. Prior to that, he launched and administrated many investment bank subsidiaries in the United States. With a degree in Business Administration by the Providence College, he was a member of the National Council of Supervisors of this academic institution.