José Manuel Mendonça is currently the Chairman of the Board of INESC TEC and Full Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, University of Porto. He is Chairman of the Nacional Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, and National Delegate to the European Forum for Digital Transition and to the ERA Forum for Transition. He is also National Director of UT Austin Portugal Program and Chairman of the Board of ForestWISE CoLAB. Graduated in Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering, University of Porto, he obtained his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. Presently he is a Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas, Austin, and member of the High-Level Group of the European Technological Platform Manufuture. Over the last decade, he had been Vice-President of the Innovation Agency, CEO of the Ilídio Pinho Foundation and Chairman of the Board of three technology-based companies: Tech M5 SGPS, Fibersensing SA e Kinematix SA. In addition, he was Scientific Director of the University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN), in the UTAustin Portugal Program, National Delegate to the Program Committee in various EC R&D Programs – Innovation and SME’s (FP5), Growth (FP5), NMP (FP6) and ICT (FP7) – and Coordinator and Evaluator of several european projects within the scope of the ESPRIT Program (FP4 and FP5).