Gonçalo Terenas

Position: President the Chamber of Commerce
Industry and Cultural Promotion



Biography

Gonçalo Terenas is the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Cultural Promotion Portugal – Senegal and West Africa, and leads the Luso-African multisector consortium, Senegal Business Cluster with offices in Dakar, Dubai, Abidjan and Lisbon, through which he holds the West Africa Office for Economic Expansion which develops bilateral relations between the Portuguese market and the main economies in the region of the  West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).

Born in Lisbon in 1972, Gonçalo Terenas frequented the Law degree of University Moderna, had additional training  in the segment of Fusions and Acquisitions (M&A) and International Lobby started his entrepreneurial life in the real estate sector. Among some other’s skills he also worked in international events, in particular in Portugal, Brasil and Senegal.

It was through the major franchising European group that he started to be part of international projects, being a part of ‘Master Franchise da National Business Brokers’ of Sao Paulo(Brasil) and Montevideo (Uruguay), conquering experience and knowledge in international corporate relations and trade.

He settled in Dakar in 2012 where he founded the ‘Senegal Business Cluster’ that is nowadays a Portuguese reference in the region for bilateral trade and internationalisation. In 2017, endorsed by the Secretary of State for Internationalization and President of AEP (largest Portuguese business association), he was proposed to member of Portuguese Diaspora Council, with the High Patronage of the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic.

Between the institutional relations that Gonçalo Terenas develops stands out the presence by invitation in bilateral initiatives in Portugal, Senegal and Ivory Coast, organized by many institutions like AICEP, AIP, AEP, CCIP, APIX, MEDS, Trade and Industry Chamber of Dakar, and others. He was responsible for the organization and co-organization of various corporative events in Senegal and Ivory Coast (Fidak 2013, Sencon 2017 to 2020, FIC – PT 2014, Conference Access to Africa 2021, Portuguese Journeys in Abidjan 2018) and in Portugal (Business Forum Portugal – Senegal 2015 to 2019, Economic Forum Senegal in Lisbon 2015, and Forum Real State Senegal in Lisbon 2021).

In 2020 created and founded the first editorial publication dedicated to economic diplomacy in Senegal, and he his the Editor of “ Diplomatic Magazine”.

In 2021 he founded the Association of collectors and antique dealers in Senegal and Europe-Africa Confederation of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry in West Africa.

In 2021 receive the title of Ambassador of Madeira Investment for African markets , a Portuguese group specialized in the empowerment of companies and startup projects.

In 2022 integrates the board of international commission of the Senegalese Federation of Badminton, a national organization of sports.

Gonçalo Terenas is also special advisor to the Chairman of ADS Group, Mr Samba Bathily and consultant for European delegation of the Corporation Sirius Energy (Oil & Gas) in Senegal.