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Joaquim Menezes

Chairman of the Board of Directors of IBEROMOLDES Group

Joaquim Menezes was born on November 9, 1946 in Coimbra, Portugal.

In September of 1963, started his professional career, as a trainee at ABRANTES (the founding and pioneering company for the Engineering & Tooling Portugal's industry - mouldmaking for injection of thermoplastics and light alloys).

Academic Background

Electromechanical Engineering Degree, graduated by the ISEL (Lisbon - 1971);

Senior Management Program by AESE (Lisbon - 1982);

OPM - Owner President Management Program, at Harvard Business School (Boston, USA 1994);

Innovation Management Program, at EU-Japan Center (Tokyo, Japan-1996).

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Activities

Co-founder of IBEROMOLDES Group, in September 1975.

Since April 2009 holds, directly or indirectly, 100% of the Group (the capital shares of its 12 companies) and is currently its President.

Institutional Activities

Since 2003, President of the Incubation Center OPEN in Marinha Grande; 

Vice-President of Pool-Net, Portuguese Engineering and Tooling Cluster; 

President of the Forum ManuFuture Portugal and the European Tooling Platform;

Member of the EU MANUFUTURE High-Level Group; 

Member of the Board of Directors of EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association;

National Representative of CEFAMOL (the Moulds Industry Portuguese Association) at ISTMA, the International Special Tooling and Machining Association;

Member of the Consultive Board of the ANI – Portuguese National Innovation Agency

Member of the Advisory Boards of the University of Minho, of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and of the Polythecnical Institutes of Lisbon.

2003-2007, President of ISTMA EUROPE, the European Chapter of ISTMA;

2008-2011, President of the ISTMA World, ISTMA World's Confederation;

1995-2016, President of Centimfe - the Portugal's Technological Center for Moulds Industry, Special Tooling and Plastics, in Marinha Grande;

Awards and distinctions

Commendation of Industrial Merit, awarded by the Portugal's Presidency of Republic;

Industrial Entrepreneur of the Year 2002 by the Rotary Club (Marinha Grande);

2002 Career National Award, by the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs; 

Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 by VCIT / International Congress of Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship;

Presented with CIRP's General Pierre Nicolau Award, by the International Academy for Production Engineering (August 2011).

. /. June 2016