Azores government official to speak at next Lusophone Coffee Hour

Rui Jorge da Silva Leite de Bettencourt
Rui Jorge da Silva Leite de Bettencourt

A presentation in the Lusophone Coffee Hour (Café Lusófono) series will take place on Jan. 26 when Rui Jorge da Silva Leite de Bettencourt visits campus for a talk on life in the Azores.

Rui Jorge da Silva Leite de Bettencourt
Rui Jorge da Silva Leite de Bettencourt

Leite de Bettencourt is the regional assistant secretary of the presidency for external relations for the Government of the Azores. He will present a talk in Portuguese about the social and economic status of the Azores, as well as the role of this autonomous region in national, European and international contexts.

He holds a master’s degree in educational sciences – pedagogical supervision and is a doctoral student in management sciences at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. He also holds a postgraduate degree in organizational perspective and strategy and in adult education.

From 2007 to 2015, in addition to being a member of the Political Bureau of the Assembly of European Regions (AER), he served as secretary general of the Programme of the Assembly of European Regions – Eurodyssée. He was also the Azores representative at several conferences held by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva.

Since November 2013, he has been the territorial director at the Conseil Régional of the Paris Region, Île-de-France, where has been responsible for the economic development, innovation and internationalization strategies, as well as for the Vocational Training & Guidance Plan, and the analysis of the impact of different development strategies in the region.

He took part in the assessment of the impact on employment and qualifications of the New Grand Paris (NGP).

He was a member of the Cabinet of the President of the Government of the Azores between 2012 and 2013. From 1997 to 2012, he served as regional director for youth, employment and vocational training, being responsible for the management of ESF and the Operational Programme – PROEMPREGO.

He has published various works on strategic perspective and public policies in several countries, including Políticas para a empregabilidade (2014), La Prospective Stratégique au cœur des Politiques d’emploi in La Prospective stratégique en action (2014) or Strategic Prospective in the implementation of employment Policies (2010).

The event takes place from 1 to 2:30om in S562 Ross Building, and admission is free.