Clara Gonçalves (Degree in Agronomic Engineering, Faculty of Sciences of University of Porto) is the Executive Director of UPTEC – Park of Science and Technology of University of Porto. During the last 6 years she is working in the implementation of an effective knowledge and technology transfer model between academia and business, supporting more than 100 tech-based start-ups and spin-offs and attracting Innovation Centers from national and international enterprises to the University of Porto environment.
She is also external member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP) and project manager in the Project Management Laboratory of the Software Engineering course, at the Faculty of Engineering (FEUP).
Clara assumed a coordinating role of R&D projects in the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries and was Marketing Manager at the Chamber of Agriculture of the North.
Clara did the specialization in Innovation, Knowledge and Technology at the University of Aveiro, specializing in Management of Knowledge Networks. Also played for four years, an advisory role in Quality Management for the industry in Portugal, Africa and Latin America.