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Foreign Affairs

Bernardo Ivo Cruz

Secretary of State for International Trade and Foreign Investment

Period in office: 2022-03-30 until 2024-04-02


Bernardo Ivo Cruz was born in Lisbon in 1968. 

He is a strategic consultant in the field of Public Policy and International Relations, Correspondent Academic at the International Academy of Portuguese Culture, member of the editorial board of the Public Policy Portuguese Journal of the University of Évora Public Policy Monitoring Unit, assistant researcher at the Political Studies Research Centre of Católica University, member of the board of directors of the Clube de Lisboa, member of the board of the general meeting of the Jerónimos Monastery League of Friends and he writes a weekly opinion column for Diário de Notícias newspaper.

He has a PhD in Political Science from Bristol University in the United Kingdom 2007. He graduated in International Relations from Lusíada University in Lisbon in 1995.

Alumnus of the Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Program by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. 

Undersecretary of State in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister and Chief of Cabinet for the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs in the 17th Government under the 1976 democratic constitution.

Adviser on Portugal’s Permanent Representation in the European Union during the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of Europe in 2021. 

Executive board member of SOFID - Sociedade para o Financiamento do Desenvolvimento (Development Funding). 

Economic and trade Adviser at the Portuguese Embassies in the United Kingdom and Brazil, where he headed the AICEP Business Centres for Latin America and the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Member of the Strategic Board for International Relations at CIP – Portuguese Corporate Confederation.

Strategic consultant in public policy and international relations for CV&A.

He founded and was Global Managing Partner of the True Bridge Consultancy Group.

President of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the United Kingdom.

He represented the Federation of the Trade in Goods, Services and Tourism of the State of São Paulo (Brazil) in Europe. 

Partner at Leadership Business Consulting.

Visiting Academic, Lecturer, Assistant Lecturer and Teaching Assistant at Loughborough, Cardiff and Bristol Universities in the United Kingdom. 

Elected member of the Court of Bristol University and member of the Scientific and Pedagogical Boards of the University of Cardiff School of European Studies.

Editor at The London Brexit Monthly Digest, which followed Brexit from London’s perspective.

He coordinated the Madrid Club’s Mission to Support National Reconciliation in East Timor.

Secretary General of the Portuguese Committee of the European Movement.

Member of the governing board of the Jerónimos Monastery league of friends.

He served as Honorary Consul of Botswana to Portugal.