Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Critical Manufacturing
Francisco Almada Lobo is recognized as a top strategic thought leader and evangelist on digital transformation, specifically Industry 4.0, manufacturing operations and the factories of the future. He holds an MBA and an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Porto. He started his career in a CIM R&D Institute and joined Siemens Semiconductor in 1997. Throughout his tenures at Siemens, Infineon and Qimonda, he specialized in optimizing highly complex, discrete manufacturing operations. In 2004, he led the first migration of an MES system in a running high-volume facility. Francisco Almada Lobo holds various positions within the smart manufacturing and venture capital industries, including being a Member of the 200M Fund's Investment Committee, Executive Committee Member of SEMI Smart Manufacturing Technology, Member of the Forbes Technology Council and Advisor to many Industry 4.0 startups. Francisco Almada Lobo co-founded Critical Manufacturing in 2009 and has been CEO since 2010.
Administrative Assistant / International Operations
Born in 1984 in Toronto, Canada, Schooled in Business Administration / Accounting. Worked in many different fields and multiple positions from the warehouse to Human Resources of major corporations. Nationally recognized companies such as Bell Canada (National Telecom company) and internationally Adecco (Human Resources). Recently moved with my wife and 2-year-old daughter to Portugal in order to be involved in the family business.
Economist and Professor of Sociology at Boston College
Juliet Schor is an Economist and Professor of Sociology at Boston College. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Juliet Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years in the Department of Economics and later, the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including, in 2022, election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A frequent contributor to public discourse and media, Schor’s Ted talk on “the case for the four day week” has more than 2.5 million view Juliet Schor is the lead researcher for on 4DWG trials for companies instituting four day weeks with five days’ pay. She has been researching worktime since the 1980s and is the author of the national best-seller The Overworked American: the unexpected decline of leisure. In 2020 she published After the Gig: how the sharing economy got hijacked and how to win it back, which covered nearly a decade of research on the platform economy. Schor has also researched sustainable consumption and the link between climate change and worktime. Schor can be found @JulietSchor.
Tax | Transfer Pricing| Associate Partner at Deloitte
Clara Dithmer, Associate Partner dedicated to transfer pricing taxation, is currently coordinating the transfer pricing tax practice at Deloitte's Porto office. She began her professional career in 2000 as a member of Andersen's professional staff in the Tax Consultancy Division. Her professional experience stems from participating in, coordinating and leading consultancy projects on transfer pricing tax matters for large companies, both domestic and based abroad, and groups operating in various sectors and countries.
He began his career in Deloitte's tax consultancy department in 2005 and is currently Senior Manager of Deloitte's Products, Services, Utilities and Resources (PSUR) service line in the Porto office. Her professional experience has centred on strategic and recurring tax consultancy, participation in special due diligence operations and tax audits, as well as corporate restructuring operations. He is responsible for a vast number of clients in different areas of activity - industrial, real estate, health and telecommunications - and both nationally and internationally.
André is Tax Partner at Deloitte. André has large experience in the consulting and tax strategy planning, tax compliance, processes of digital tax transformation and M&A operations. Advises clients on a wide range of corporate tax matters and has participated in a vast number of projects carried out by Deloitte in a is broad scope of business, from the industrial, real estate, telecommunications or media areas, whether with national or international dimension. André Vasconcelos is the author of several opinion articles in newspapers periodicals and magazines. Is Official Chartered of Accountant and Certified Accountant.
Paulo Gaspar is Partner at Deloitte in Portugal within the Tax Division. He started his career in the Audit & Finance Consulting Department and joined the Tax Department in 1997. For more than 20 years in Tax, he has been working with the top management of several national and international groups, having developed a deep knowledge of the different sectors. As a tax consultant, he has helped clients of all sizes in various sectors of activity. He has extensive experience, not only in consulting and tax planning strategies, namely in structuring investments and monitoring client’s internationalization, but also in overseeing tax due diligence works and tax structuring of mergers and acquisitions. Paulo is the author of several tax articles published in the press and prestigious specialized magazines. He frequently participates as a speaker in seminars and conferences in the tax area, either in Portugal or abroad. He is often invited to teach taxation courses in some of the most prestigious Universities in Portugal, such as Faculdade de Direito da Universidade do Porto, Católica Porto Business School or Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
Luís Pinho Costa is currently Clinical Lead at Tonic App, a digital health company that provides medical doctors in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and soon the United Kingdom, with a 360º platform equipped with a virtual assistant based on generative artificial intelligence. He obtained a Master's degree in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Porto in 2011 and specialized in Family Medicine in 2017. In 2022, he completed a doctoral course in Health Data Science, with a specialization in Intelligent Health Data Analysis, at the Faculty of Medicine of Porto. Previously, he worked as a medical professional in the Portuguese National Health System for eight and a half years, served as a collaborator at the Department of Interns and Young Family Doctors of the Portuguese Association of Family Medicine, and was an elected member of the Executive Board of the European Young Family Doctors Movement. He chaired the scientific committee for the fifth conference of the European Young Family Doctors Movement. He is the author of ten articles in scientific journals and co-author of two book chapters on the use of digital technologies in primary healthcare. He was a co-founder of a global digital network of Family Doctors and an international peer-to-peer discussion group based on the Balint methodology. He was also a member of a working group for the creation of a Network of Sentinel Units within the National Association of Family Health Units (USF-AN).
Ana Rita Antunes is an environmental engineer from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with a master's degree in energy efficiency from the same university, she is a founding member and currently Executive Coordinator at Coopérnico - the first renewable energy cooperative in Portugal - and a member of the General Council of the environmental association "ZERO - Associação Sistema Terrestre Sustentável", an environmental non-governmental organisation with national activity.