Carlos de Melo Ribeiro


Social Entrepreneur and former CEO of Siemens Portugal


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After a long career in the corporate world, Carlos has followed a second career path which is dedicated to social entrepreneurship.

His career started in 1984, when he took on various responsibilities from marketing to finance for Siemens in Portugal, Austria, and Germany. Following the opportunities of the career ladder, he led Siemens, S.A. in Portugal from 1995 until 2016, during which his team and its performance obtained the highest recognition with the organization. Among other activities, he was also a member of the General Council of AEP, a founding member of COTEC and a Member of the Strategic Guidance Council of UCP.

In 2002 he obtained the medal of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in June 2004 he was awarded the honorary title of the Order of Industrial Merit by the President of the Portuguese Republic. Searching for a different type of fulfillment in work and life, he then left the corporate environment, and has since then engaged himself in social entrepreneurial projects as well as his own impact-driven ventures.