New executive director of Startup Lisboa comes from Dubai

  • ECO News
  • 19 April 2022

The name of the new executive director has already been presented by the municipality led by Carlos Moedas and approved at a general meeting by the incubator's associates.

Gil Azevedo will be the new executive director of Startup Lisboa, according to ECO. The professional, who has been working for about ten years at Emirates Islamic Bank, will replace Miguel Fontes, after the manager of the startup incubator took on the role of Secretary of State for Labour.

The Lisbon City Council and Startup Lisboa do not comment, but according to information gathered by ECO the name of the professional has already been presented by the municipality led by Carlos Moedas and approved in general meeting by the incubator’s associates.

The associates – besides the CML, IAPMEI and Montepio, since 2019 Startup Lisboa also has Delta Cafés, Roland Berger and the Portuguese Catholic University among its associates – thus opted for a professional coming from outside the startup ecosystem and, for about 10 years, living in Dubai, to lead the incubator installed in the Beato Creative Hub. Since September 2015, Gil Azevedo has been senior vice president, head of consumer banking at Emirates Islamic.

Before joining Emirates Islamic, Gil Azevedo was connected to McKinsey & Company for 11 years, first as business analyst and last year as senior associate, according to information on his LinkedIn profile.

Gil Azevedo has a degree in Management and Industrial Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

He will take up his post in the year Startup Lisboa celebrates its tenth anniversary, having incubated more than 400 startups during this period, which created 4,500 jobs and raised €340 million in investment.

In his hands he also has the challenge of managing the Hub’s Creative Hub, whose opening – with the entry into operation of spaces such as Factory and the installation of Claranet by the end of the year, for example – is set for 2022.