José Manuel Ribeiro

José Manuel Ribeiro

Mayor of Valongo

José Manuel Ribeiro graduated in International Relations as a student worker, and holds an MBA in Business Management with a specialization in Marketing. He is 46 years old as a senior technician at the Portuguese Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade since 1999. Mayor of Valongo since 2013 he is also Vice-president of the Portuguese Network of Participant Municipalities. He has a wide range of professional experience both in the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally.


Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

These work areas are fundamental as they make it possible to approach more efficient and original ways to get in touch with the people, thus ensuring they are aware of their rights and duties which apply to them effectively. We believe that it is necessary to “take care” of the democracy, nurture and nourish it accordingly, providing all the necessary conditions in order for it to grow and develop together and along with its societies, whilst mitigating social inequalities and combating the current sensation of dissatisfaction.
We defend the existence of participative democracy not only as a tool, but also as a continuous objective we pretend to conquer daily.


What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

In this conference I hope to learn from the other peers and partners, share concepts, contents, ideas and solutions.
Imagine scenarios that may become materialized in the future, and, together with everyone, think of solutions for the development of a more active, participative, solidary, inclusive and fairer democracy.
I would also like to share with you our example, of Valongo, the city of which I am proudly the President, sharing a bit of the work we have been developing in this field, as well as work related to the National Network of Participatory Municipalities, of which we are members and have assumed Vice-Presidency.
We believe that enough conditions have been attained for us to be more ambitious in our objectives, as the panel of speakers, along with an excellent organization team, are the perfect ingredients for a profitable, interesting, dynamic and very participatory conference.

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