A transparent strategy for success

Nova SBE was created in 1978 as part NOVA University of Lisbon that has acquired foundation status in January 2017. By tradition, its statutes and by laws, the University works as a “confederation” of units, providing extensive autonomy to its faculties, namely in managerial and financial decisions, staff and faculty recruitment, and pedagogical and scientific matters. 

In addition to the core entity - Nova SBE, which hosts degree programs, faculty, key research programs and most back office functions, the School has developed a network of partner organizations statutorily bounded to it: Nova Forum, which handles Executive Education activities, and a private Foundation curated by the main donors, Alfredo de Sousa Foundation, responsible for fundraising, construction and management of the Carcavelos campus. 

Management Structure

Nova SBE counts with several management structures that establish the strategic guidelines of the School, coordinate its implementation and manage the administrative and financial resources in the scientific, academic and pedagogic dimensions of School’s performance. 

The School Council, composed of 8 elected faculty members, 1 elected student representative and 5 co-opted external members of high-standing in Portuguese society, is the main governing body. It selects the Dean, approves and supervises the key strategic developments and monitors his/her activity and the financial accounts.

Luís Amado
Maria João Carioca
External member
José Galamba de Oliveira
External member
José Soares dos Santos
External member
Sofia Tenreiro
External member
Representative of faculty members and researchers
Representative of faculty members and researchers
Representative of faculty members and researchers
Representative of faculty members and researchers
Representative of faculty members and researchers
Representative of faculty members and researchers
Representative of faculty members and researchers
Filipe da Silva Lopes Berjano
Representative of students

Executive management is the responsibility of the Dean, which is selected by, and responds to, the School Council, and an Executive Committee of Associate Deans and Executive Directors, which meets twice-a-month.

The Management Council is the administrative, patrimonial, financial, and human resources management body of the Faculty. Is composed by the Dean, who chairs, the Executive Administrator of the School, when this position is filled, and 1 to 3 members to be appointed by the Dean.

Academic Director of Bachelor Degrees
President of Pedagogical Council
CEO of Executive Education
President of Scientific Council
Associate Dean for Institutional Affairs and International Development
Financial Advisor to the Dean
President of the Board of Directors of Alfredo de Sousa Foundation
Head of Corporate Relations and Alumni
Deputy Dean, Pre-Experience Studies

Academic and Scientific aspects, including curricular changes and faculty recruitment and promotion, are run by the Scientific Council, which includes a large share of the faculty. The Scientific Council meets 4 times per year. Its President is elected by its members.

Supervises the main pedagogical challenges and includes faculty and student representatives.

The Faculty and Researchers Council is an advisory body of the Scientific Council, made up of all full-time faculty and researchers and also by the professors who may be invited by the President of the Scientific Council, who chairs. This Council shall meet at least twice a year.

The Nova SBE Advisory Board is established pursuant to the Dean’s decision. It is a non-statutory board. The responsibilities of the Advisory Board in supporting the Dean and the School strategy include:

  1. Provide non-binding commentary on Nova SBE’s competitive strategy and options for the future;

  2. Discuss social, economic, technological and political changes affecting, in the short- and long-term the activity of Nova SBE and produce coping strategies;

  3. Identify areas in which Nova SBE can be a significant agent for positive change at the international level and generate strategic avenues to strengthen impact in those areas;

  4. Foster innovation, impact and internationalization;

  5. Leverage the members’ international network, representing a wide range of sectors and nationalities, in support of the School.