An experienced IT executive with an outstanding track record of shaping and leading complex initiatives in different business industries and in international setting.

Passionate about the intersection of technology, strategy and innovation is highly competent to adapt to new business environments providing vision and leadership and with a strong ability to apply knowledge and skills appropriately in different situations. With a strategically focused mindset, analytical, conceptual and strong business acumen, together with his "can do attitude”, is always looking for more efficient ways to get things done and on how to optimize for successful outcomes.

Excellent communicator with a great capacity to listen can thrive in difficult situations remaining calm and approaching problems from a professional distance. Strong capabilities in creating trustful relationships with clients and teams and with extensive experience leading cross-functional teams and influencing across a geographically dispersed team.

Always looking to network and connect with like-minded professionals.


✅ Business acumen, results oriented, systemic and strategic thinking;
✅ Ability to identify, develop and push key opportunities by establishing relationships and strategic partnerships with the appropriate key decision makers;
✅ Strategic planning and account management;
✅ Knowledge of several industry verticals (market, trends and processes);
✅ Up-to-date with trends, evolutionary and disruptive technologies;
✅ CxO Relationship Management, P&L Management, Business Development, Contract Negotiation & Vendor Management;


NTT Data
Sep 2019 - now

Manager EU Institutions & Agencies

Collaborate with decision makers through trusted relationships, and help them formulating a smart strategy, optimising technology, motivating innovation and positioning all together to attain business value.

Responsibilities includes: business development, account management, customer relationship management, P&L management, contract & resource management, bid management and delivery management

NTT Data
Feb 2018 - Aug 2019

Senior Project Leader

Responsible for leading digital initiatives for EU Institutions aimed to build or transform digital capabilities.

Give proposals for strategy, planning, definition of tasks and deliverables, review of project deliverables, quality control, risk analysis and management, status reports, problem reporting and management systems, follow up and organisation.

May 2017 - Dec 2017

Information Technology Business Partner

Led a digital unit with responsibility for the definition of strategic roadmaps, setup of the operational model, delivery of IT related change programs, maintenance of business applications and supply of a performing IT infrastructure.

Mar 2015 - May 2017

Technology Manager

With responsibility for all the technical assets, co-founded a product for the educational market.

From the idea to the creation of a prototype, cultivate early adopters, refine design, build technology & infrastructure and establish customer support.

Jul 2011 - Jan 2015

Project Manager & Bid Manager

Reporting directly to the top management, successfully managed complex functional projects for national & international clients.

Participation in pre-sales, managing bid responses from the expression of interest through the submission and clarification stages.

Aug 2010 - Jul 2011

Technical Manager

Responsibilities in design, implementation and integration of a web-based accounting system for EDA (European Defence Agency) for ATARES (Air Transport and Air to Air Refuelling Exchange of Services) & SEOS (Surface Exchange of Services).

Portugal Telecom
Feb 2001 - Jul 2010

Configuration Management Leader

Working at the biggest GSM Telco in Portugal and responsible to establish, configure, manage and improve all the Configuration Management infrastructure and processes.

Aug 2010 - Jul 2011

Build Management, Release Management and Configuration Management

Participation in entire integration process that goes from the reception of SW modules developed by R&D teams, compiling, linking up to the packaging of products for installation in the destination machines.

Nov 1997 - May 1999

QA Tester

Member of the initial team that had the responsibility to setup the system test department.

Responsible for the setup of the qualification tester department.



Strategy & Innovation

MIT Sloan School of Management

Innovation in the Age of Disruption


B.Sc in Computer Science/Software Engineering

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias

Other relevant education

AI for Everyone


Digital Transformation

University of Virginia & BCG

Bridging the Gap between Strategy Design and Strategy Delivery

Brightline Initiative


Project Management Professional (PMP®)

Project Management Institute

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®)

Project Management Institute

Certified Scrum Master (CSM®)

Scrum Alliance

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®)

Scrum Alliance

Certificate of Pedagogical Skills/Certified Trainer


What people say about me

Senior Project Leader @ NTT Data

For 8 months I have worked under the supervision of Rui, it has been a pleasure to have him as project manager, he is a person always willing to help, committed and with good management skills and project leadership. I would definitely repeat the collaboration. I recommend Rui to all those companies that need a Manager of high level and qualification.

R. Arévalo - worked with Rui

Information Technology Business Partner @ Randstad

Rui is a joy to work with. His focus keeps everything moving smoothly. Deadline oriented person. Has a lot of deep technical background and his responses are timely and value-added. Rui understands the key aspects of everyone on the team, from the Developer to the Product Owner and to the stakeholders. This keen understanding allows him the remove impediments and manage risks quickly. Very committed and always helpful in trying to move things forward. it's been a pleasure working with him.

P. Ferreira - worked with Rui

IT Business Partner @ Randstad

Rui is a very available and committed professional, with whom it is very pleasant to work.

Being a diplomat by nature, Rui quickly establishes positive and collaborative relationships, always looking for the best solution for all parties involved.

Rui acts as a true partner, always adopting an interested and constructive posture.

In all our common projects, it was always very clear that we could count on Rui and his involvement and commitment.

A. Gomes - worked with Rui

IT Business Partner @ Randstad

Rui is a focused, goal oriented and "fast-paced" person. With a detailed project management approach, Rui keeps the slightest requirement under control. His knowledge in software development and project management is noticeable from the first time you meet him and Rui has the ability to pass that knowledge on to his work peers, adding continuous value to the team. A very organized individual capable of adapting to what needs to be done while keeping the process clear. It was a pleasure to work with Rui.

J. Meijinhos - Reported to Rui

Project Manager & Bid Manager @ GMV

Rui is now a freelance software and web designer. I worked with him in the EU, FP7 project Cassandra in 2013 when Rui was with GMV. Rui quickly understood the pioneering concepts we were researching and developing. We were close to developing a data pipeline between the Ports of Setubal in Portugal and Casablanca in Morocco. Rui contributed significantly to the progress we made. I recommend Rui for his enthusiasm, professionalism and technical competence.

D. Hesketh - worked with Rui (Business Partner)

Project Manager & Bid Manager @ GMV

I never had the privilege to work with Rui on a project, but I was lucky enough to work by his side. We discussed issues and shared ideas from the projects we were managing. Although we often had different views, or concerns, it was always am inspiration to witness Rui's ability to foresee difficulties and more importantly: opportunities. He usually saw beyond the project while, without sparing commitment to the requirements, his focus relied on the customer, his team and partners.

Integrity and honour are a given in Rui's way of working.

I would unreservedly cross paths with him as a project manager, again, across the table, or by his side.

J. Baptista - worked with Rui

Project Manager & Bid Manager @ GMV

From 2011 till 2015 Rui and myself were both working on the Cassandra project.

The impression Rui gave me from the very first beginning is that you can fully rely on him.

‘Say what you do and do what you say’. That really fits in Ruis’ attitude.

And apart from that the results he brought from his expertise were of high value for the project. Rui is an enthusiastic and professional project manager who knows how to handle complex projects and with great focus on cooperation with his customers. His competence, social contacts and commitment to his work has made Rui to one of our best skilled specialists in the transport & logistic environment I have met.

H. Rook - worked with Rui (Business Partner)

Technical Manager @ GMV

I had the great pleasure of working together with Rui on a project for the military transport environment. He was the software developer for our accounting tool and in case of problems he acted promptly to resolve the issues. When asked for any changes or improvements to the system Rui analysed quickly our needs and even came with better ideas then ours.

I would be pleased to work again with him.

J. Evens - was a client of Rui's

Technical Manager @ GMV

It's my pleasure to endorse Rui! He is a skillful, team-player, highly committed professional. Rui knows how to learn and evolve based on advices, while being an autonomous and responsible team mate, always nurturing a friendly work environment. Combining both technical, human and business skills he is, for sure, an added value to the company.

R. Alves - managed Rui

Software Configuration Management Consultant @ Portugal Telecom (TMN)

Rui is a highly focused and process knowledgeable person that values to build and maintain a healthy work environment. He is honest, reliable and outgoing. Values his career and constantly strives for improvement.

With great management and process oriented skills he is still enhancing his technical abilities and strengthening his professional experience.

H. Silva - worked with Rui

Build, Release and Configuration Management Consultant @ Alcatel-Lucent

It was a pleasure to work with Rui at Alcatel in Cascais.

He is an incredible knowledgeable person that you can rely on.

He is an extremely hard worker, capable of adapting very rapidly to situations and was continuously contributing with new solutions to render our work as Software Engineers easier and more efficient.

Quality and performance were compatible in our team and that had a lot to do with Rui’s contribution.

P. Osório - worked with Rui

Build, Release and Configuration Management Consultant @ Alcatel-Lucent

It was a pleasure to work with Rui. He worked in the SEPG (Software Engineering Process Group) and played vital roles as member of this team.

He was an effective team player and a very competent worker in all roles he was in charge (CMS management, release management, systems integration/build/packaging). He had always a positive, polite and proactive attitude even in dealing with adverse circumstantes.

A. Silva - managed Rui