Manuel Heitor is Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, and the former Director of the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IN+), which was awarded in 2005 by the International Association of Management of Technology, IAMOT, has one of the top 50 global centres of research on Management of Technology.
From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal. He was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard in 2011-12. He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post- doctoral training at the University of California San Diego.
Then he pursued an academic career at Técnico, Lisbon, where he served as Deputy-President for the period 1993- 1998. Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute (Innovation, Creativity and Capital) of the University of Texas at Austin. He was co-editor of the book series on Technology Policy and Innovation, launched through Greenwood Publishers, Connecticut and continued through Purdue University Press. He was co-founder in 2002 of Globelics - the global network for the economics of learning, innovation, and competence building systems? and, in 2004, a founding member of the S&T Council of the International Risk Governance Council, IRGC.