Security panel / Portugal

J. E. Luís de Almeida Sampaio, born in Porto in 1957, is a distinguished diplomat with a law degree from the University of Coimbra in 1982. Joining the diplomatic service in 1983, his career has been marked by key roles such as deputy director of NATO’s Secretary General’s Private Office (1990-1993) and Diplomatic Advisor to the Portuguese EC Commissioner (1995-1998). Mr. Sampaio showcased diplomatic prowess as NATO’s Political Advisor in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998-1999) and served as Minister Counsellor in Luanda, Angola (1999-2002). Notably, he was the President of the Portuguese Institute for Development Cooperation (2003-2004). Ambassadorial positions followed, including Algiers (2004-2008), Belgrade (2008-2012), and Berlin (2012-2015). As Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Portugal to NATO (2015-2019), he played a vital role in representing Portugal’s interests within the alliance. Since December 2019, he has served as Ambassador in Prague, bringing extensive experience to diplomatic endeavors. His career underscores his dedication to international cooperation, multilateralism, and navigating complex diplomatic landscapes.