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|Rui Nuno Baleiras
Secretary of State for Regional Development
Born in 1963, Rui Nuno Baleiras serves currently the 17th constitutional Government of Portugal as Secretary of State for Regional Development. He is an academic economist with experience on policy advising and diversified teaching practice. His major fields of interest have been political economy, public finance, notably at the subnational levels of government, European regional policy and urban economics. The consultancy activity with the Portuguese government includes the presidency of the council of ministers (assistance on European economic issues), the ministry of finance (fiscal decentralisation and European Union’s financial perspectives), and the ministry of foreign affairs (proposal of a new European Union’s structural fund).
He advised the President of Republic and the national association of Portuguese municipalities for the reform of local financing rules and has co-ordinated a research group to design the strategic development plan for a major Portuguese municipality. Besides the regular chairs at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Rui N. Baleiras has instructed many post-graduates in academic and professional programmes offered by other institutions, ranging from spatial economics and policy for graduate students, to public finance principles for prospective senior officials of the (then) forthcoming East Timor’s administration, to monetary economics courses for banking staff. His sensitivity to multicultural environments was enhanced by the teaching experience in Portugal, China, East Timor and Angola. Civic activity comprises a number of articles and interviews on several politico-economic issues that have been published in the media.