José Paulo Esperança is full professor of Finance. He was vice-president of FCT, the Foundation for Science and Technology and is a former Dean of ISCTE Business School and Pro-Rector for International Relations and Entrepreneurship at ISCTE-IUL, Portugal. He is a former Chairman of AUDAX-ISCTE, an associated center focused on entrepreneurship and family business. He also co-founded Building Global Innovators (BGI), a technology transfer accelerator in partnership with MIT Portugal. He got a PhD in economics from the European University Institute, Florence, on "The Investment Decision by Service Multinationals" and has published in journals such as Annals of Operations Research, Applied Financial Economics, Emerging Markets Review, Gender in Management, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, International Journal of Organizational Analysis and Management International Review. His research interests include entrepreneurship and small business financing, corporate governance and the impact of language commonality in international business. He is a member of the board of CPADA, the Portuguese Federation of Environmental Associations.