Gonçalo Amorim (male) is the Executive Director of BGI, a founder in 2013. BGI came from an MIT Portugal Program – Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, born in 2009. Started off his career in England back in 1997 designing scientific experiments at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire (UK), joining in 2000 Hewlett Packard Semiconductor division (UK), where he filed a dozen of international patents (US, Europe & Japan).
He took his studies in the UK, a BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering by University of Brighton (2000), and MSc in Engineering Management by University of Bristol (2005). Several universities have invited Gonçalo Amorim to lecture business and technology transfer courses. He is an advisor board member in several emerging technology-intense start-ups, having mentored over 200 tech-based founders, entrepreneurial teams and technology start-ups & spinoffs. Over the years, he gained significant managerial experience in some of the most dynamic and successful Portuguese multinationals listed in the Portuguese Stock exchange, PSI20. An expert in IP matters, having filed a dozen of international patents (US, Europe & Japan) at the Hewlett Packard Semiconductor division (UK).