Maria Helena Curto


Education and professional experience: PhD in Economics, MBA in International Management Lecturer at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa since 1992 in the fields of Management and Economics.


Professional Membership:


Since 2013, integrated researcher at OBSERVARE, research center at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.

2009-2012, associate researcher at Strategy and Corporate Finance Research Center, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, having published several papers in national and international journals.

1989-2009, held leadership positions in public service in terms of regulation and assessment of legislation related with public organization and local management in Portugal; participated in partnership agreements with governmental departments from Portuguese-speaking countries in need of expertise on public service organization and management.

Since 1989, participated in teams devoted to investment programs, economic, social and environmental development, which included members from Central Administration, from Local Administration, state companies and other local and regional actors, focusing in particular the establishment of sectorial development plans, namely in transport, water and electricity supply.


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Regular participant in seminars and workshops on Public Administration: planning and organization of public services, price and cost fixing of public services and public service auditing.

Since 1990, consultant in public finance, implementation of accounting systems, of internal control management systems, administrative organization and financial audit to several departments in Central and Local Administration (municipalities, municipal associations and local public business sector in Portugal and in S. Tomé and Príncipe).

Since 1984, participant in national and international conferences on public administration and management, including as a Portuguese representative in think tanks on modernization, quality and innovation; participated in several Council of Europe committees on regional and local democracy.

Since 1980, university lecturer, recently in the field of finance (particularly in introduction to management, financial and management accounting, management control and audit; regularly participates in training schemes for professionals in Portugal, Cape Verde, S. Tomé and Príncipe and Brazil.