Keynote Speakers

Assunção Cristas

Assunção Cristas, was born in Luanda in 1974, is married and a mother of four. She holds a PhD in Law, with a focus on private law, from the NOVA School of Law (Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Nova de Lisboa - 2005), where she is an associate professor and also holds a degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (1997), where she was a monitor (1995-96) and a trainee assistant (1997-99). Assunção Cristas was Minister of Agriculture and the Sea of ​​the Portuguese Government (2011-2015) and also of the Environment and Territorial Planning of the Portuguese Government (2011-2013). She was a member of Parliament (2009 to 2011 and 2015 to 2020) and leader of her party (CDS-PP, from 2016 to 2020). She was a councillor (with no specific assigned areas of responsibility) at the Lisbon City Council (2017-2021). For several years, wrote a regular opinion piece published in the press. In 2019 she published the book “Confiança. As mulheres, o poder e país que ambicionamos para todos”, where she focused on some of the issues that impacted her the most during her ten years in politics. Joined the Portuguese Bar Association in 1999, was the Director of the Legislative Policy and Planning Office of the Ministry of Justice (now the General Directorate of Justice Policy), between 2002 and 2005, and consultant at the law firm Morais Leitão, Soares da Silva & Associados (now Morais Leitão), between 2009 and 2011. In January 2021 she went back to teaching. In addition to being a professor in the law degree, she is also the coordinator of the master’s in law and Economics of the Sea. The Governance of the Sea, where she teaches Ocean Policies, and the NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Centre. She is a frequent speaker at conferences devoted to sustainability issues in general and the sea in particular.