The facility will be located in Hasselt and is set to welcome its first visitors this spring
Ricardo Rio was born in November, 1972 in Braga and studied at Dublin College (elementary school), the “Andre Soares” Middle School and “Carlos Amarante” and “Alberto Sampaio” High Schools. He graduated in Economics at the Faculty of Economics of Porto, where he also completed the coursework of the MSc in Economics. He also completed the Advanced Course in Political Studies of the Institute of Political Studies at the Catholic University of Lisbon.
Ricardo Rio was the General Secretary of the Portuguese Association of Financial Analysts and Director of the Capital Markets Institute of Euronext Lisbon. At the same time, he worked for several years as a public and business consultant, including in multiple Programmes of Porto Business School.
Ricardo Rio was also a University Professor, having lectured at the following institutions: “Fernando Pessoa” University, Higher Institute of Administration and Management (ISAG) in Porto, “Lusíada” University and Higher Institute of Financial and Fiscal Studies (IESF).
At a public level, Ricardo Rio has been a city council member in Braga since 2005. He was a member of Braga's Municipal Assembly (Alderman) during the 2001-2005 term. Since 2013 he’s the Mayor of Braga. He is currently the chairman of the board of the general meeting of the cross-border association of municipalities designated as “Eixo Atlântico do Noroeste Peninsular”. He also chairs the Executive Board of Cavado’s Inter-municipal Community and presides over the Board of Directors of the “Theatro Circo” and “InvestBraga” municipal companies.
He is married and is father of three daughters.