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Gonçalo Terenas

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Gonçalo Terenas
Gonçalo Terenas

Head of International Committee

Diaspora Prime Portugal
Born in Lisbon in 1972, Gonçalo Terenas attended the Law degree at the University Moderna. Additionally, he pursued his training in Measures and Acquisitions (M&A) and International Lobbying, before embarking on his entrepreneurial journey in the real estate sector. Alongside his expertise in these areas, he has managed several international events, particularly in Portugal, Brazil, and West African Countries. His involvement in international projects began through a major franchising European group, where he became part of the 'Master Franchise of National Business Brokers' in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Montevideo (Uruguay). This experience gave him valuable knowledge and skills in international corporate relations and trade.
In 2012, Gonçalo Terenas settled in Dakar, where he founded 'Senegal Business Cluster SARL' where he became a Portuguese reference in the region for bilateral trade and internationalization. In 2017, endorsed by the Secretary of State for Internationalization and the President of AEP (the largest Portuguese business association), he was nominated as an official member of the Portuguese Diaspora Council, under the High Patronage of the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic.
Among the institutional relations and roles, Gonçalo Terenas increased his presence in bilateral initiatives between Portugal and West African countries, producing and organizing side by side with several Portuguese corporate and institutional organizations, such as AICEP, AIP, AEP, CCIP, APIX, MEDS, the Trade and Industry Chamber of Dakar, multiples projects and events. He has organized and co-organized some of the most representative Conferences and Exhibitions in Senegal and Ivory Coast:  Fidak (2013), Sencon (2017 to 2020), FIC – PT (2014), Conference Access to Africa (2021), Portuguese Journeys in Abidjan (2018); and in Portugal: Business Forum Portugal – West Africa (2015 to 2019), Economic Forum Senegal in Lisbon (2015), and Economic Forum in Real Estate Senegal in Lisbon (2021).
In 2017 he was appointed as President of the Chamber of Commerce Portugal – West Africa, with headquarters in Dakar, working together with the Portuguese Embassy in several bilateral projects and missions. In the same year, Gonçalo Terenas coordinated and curated the candidacy of Ambassador Vítor Sereno, current Ambassador of Portugal to Japan, for Economic Ambassador of the Year, ending up being the winner.
In 2018, Gonçalo co-founded the first editorial publication dedicated to economic diplomacy in Portugal Diplomatic Magazine, being editor chief between 2018 and 2019. As an art collector and passionate about African Art, he was invited to the board of the Association of Collectors and Antique Dealers in Senegal. In the same year, Gonçalo Terenas was bestowed with the title of Ambassador of Madeira Investment Consulting for African markets, representing a Portuguese group specialized in empowering companies and startup projects.
In 2021 joined the board of the International Commission of the Senegalese Federation of Badminton, a national sports entity. Since the same year, he cooperated with the Chairman Office of ADS Group in Africa.
In January 2022, he was invited to join the HHERF - Human Health Education and Research Foundation™ in London as CDO and was appointed as Chairperson for Portugal. Between 2022 and 2023, Gonçalo joined the family firm Tuna Fleets Fisheries as an International Advisor, doing business in Equatorial Guinea. Most recently he integrated TUGA Global Inc. in the USA as Head of International and Corporate Business.
In 2023 was invited to contribute and co-found the independent, private, and non-political consortium “Diaspora Prime™ Portugal”, where he developed several projects as Head of the Committee for International Relationships.