Ana Lehmann is Portugal’s State Secretary for Industry. She is responsible for the policies related to all industrial sectors (like Industry 4.0, the program to promote the modernization and digitization of industry – the most ambitious policy program for industry in Portugal, in the last two decades). She also leads the implementation of policies to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the application of disruptive technologies in industry.
She developed a strongly focused international career of two decades spanning academia, public policy and executive positions in over twenty public and private organizations.
Her areas of specialization relate to the competitiveness of firms and industries, notably companies’ internationalization, foreign direct investment attraction, innovation, industrial clusters and public policy.
And has been a consultant to leading international institutions (OECD, UNCTAD, European Commission, among others) and various national and regional governments in five continents. She held a variety of managerial responsibilities in several companies and foundations, as well as having founded several companies.
She has been CEO of InvestPorto, Vice-President of the Regional Government Authority of Portugal’s Northern Region, President of the Managing Authority of the Atlantic Area Transnational Program of the European Union, Pro-Rector for Strategic Planning/Enterprise Relations (U.Porto) and has been involved in setting up the Portuguese Investment Agency.
She is a Professor of Economics (FEP-University of Porto, Portugal) and has been Head of International Business (Porto Business School).
Visiting Professor or Visiting Fellow in several US/European universities (e.g. Universities of Strathclyde, Reading, Glasgow, Columbia, among others), and President and one of the 20 Fellows of the European International Business Academy.
Regular speaker at top level conferences, Editor of scientific journals and an author widely published. Won several awards for scientific merit and career recognition.
She has a MSc and a PhD in Economics (University of Reading, UK) and a BSc in Management (U.Porto).