Manuel Pinho is an Adjunct Professor at SIPA where he teaches a Global Energy Policy course since 2010. He is a Visiting Professor and Top Overseas Teacher at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

He also held teaching positions at Yale and Georgetown universities in the US, the University of Queensland in Australia and Renmin University of China.

In 2005- 2009 he was the Minister of Economy of Portugal and in 2017 the acting President of the EU Council of Energy Ministers. In his native country he was also Director General of Treasury at the Ministry of Finance.

Manuel Pinho has a doctoral degree from University of Paris-X, started his career as an economist at the International Monetary Fund and has honors awarded by the governments of France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Norway.


  • Columbia University, SIPA, Adjunct professor
  • Georgetown University, Department of Government, FLAD Visiting professor
  • University of Queensland, School of Economics, Business and Law, Visiting professor
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University, Guest professor


Research & Publications

October 2008|Altio Media|Manuel Pinho, Harrison Mitchell, Claire Sharp, Robin Heighway-Bury

15 years ago, the main issue in Europe was how to stimulate economic growth, employment and global trade. It was the economy!Now it is energy and the environment. This cutting-edge and very topical book tackles the challenges of climate change, security of supply of energy and possibilities for alternative energy in Europe. Manuel Pinho takes a look into the future at the possible political and practical solutions as far ahead as 2050. The data is current and the result of pain-staking research into the realistic political and technological solutions in energy reform. Pinho illustrates that there is no silver bullet technology which is going to solve the challenges for everyone but how we could apply the various current technologies and policies which together will create the long-term solutions. The secret to a cost effective integrated energy market in Europe could be the capacity to set clear goals and incentives in order to attract private money to finance investment infrastructure. Pinho sets out in this book, Europe's New Energy Era, some key criteria for making the energy reform in Europe an opportunity to create jobs and furhter innovation as well as outlining the obstacles.