Bio

Joe Santos is a social entrepreneur and international speaker with influences from four different cultures. After 25 years in business and technology, in 2015 he stepped out of his for-profit companies to focus exclusively on projects that have a positive social impact in the world. He was named in 2016 one of the top 10 leading social entrepreneurs in Portugal.

Joe started his non-profit journey as the co-founder of Vencer Autismo, a Portuguese foundation that has directly helped over 700 children and their families and more than 40,000 people have attended and been touched by his inspiring lectures, in which he shares with passion the lessons that life and especially autism has taught him.  You can find him teaching at University, in a park or one-on-one at the backstage after a lecture, his passion is to help people re-assess their beliefs about life, and he knows, everyone ends up prioritising love over money and status. He is active on many fronts of the social entrepreneurship scene, he is on a love mission to maximize positive social impact, most specifically teaching the world what we can learn from those who are different from us.

Joe speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese and German fluently.

Find more details on Joe’s professional biography in his linkedin page by clicking here

Main Skills

  • Public Speaking and Communicating
  • Inspiring and empowering ever-lasting positive change
  • Helping people to question their limiting beliefs
  • Spreading love & igniting acceptance
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese (native level), German (professional proficiency)
  • Multinational Management (General management, Finance, Sales, Operations)
  • Entrepreneurship (9 Start Ups, Consulting, Telecommunications, Software)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (Created a Foundation -www.vencerautismo.org- that impacts over 200.000 people per year and is currently active in positive social impact initiatives in various countries)

 

Professional Experience highlights

2010-Present
Vencer Autismo, Oporto
Co-Founder

Conception, creation and expansion of Vencer Autismo, becoming the leading source in Portuguese speaking countries of free tools and techniques for parents and professionals to help their children overcome their challenges. We act locally, nationally and internationally helping autism challenged families having impacted over 40.000 people since 2015.

2015-Present
Diverse Social Impact Projects: Oporto, New York, Lisbon, Verín, Braga, Aveiro.
Director, Mentor, Collaborator

Supporting Social Impact Projects from Start-up to Growth Phases.

2010-Present
FUA Enterprise, Oporto
Co-Founder & Partner

Supporting FUA Enterprise’s activities on the non-executive board level

2017
Start Industry 4.0, Amarante
Executive Director

Management of the first ever Start Industry 4.0.  This was a two week program to develop industrial-based startups in the areas of metalworking, textile/clothing, footwear, wood/furniture and the agro-industry. The academic program was designed by the Politécnico do Porto.

2007-2018
Dynnova, Cascais
Co-Founder & CEO

Telecommunications, Financial and Management Consulting and Fibre Optic Material Supplier.

2010-2018
Thinking Flow, Cascais & Porto
Co-Founder & CEO

Several projects addressing human behaviour improvement, social projects among other activities. 

2010-2015
Quintatech, Cascais
Founder & CEO

Founder & CEO, successful conceptual creation, development and implementation of a highly advanced mass-sms messaging platform, achieving sales over 2 Million € in less than 1 year from launch, delivering messages to every country in the world (except one or two) each month. Highly automatised technological platform enabled processes to run swiftly with very low Operating expenses.

2009-2015
APITED, Lisbon
Co-Founder & President

Succesfully joining all the competing companies in the sector to unite efforts for the common good of the industry in which they all operated. Managed to reverse the effects of a law that strongly impacted the industry.

2006-2015
NVIA Portugal, Cascais
Founder & CEO

As Founder and CEO, achieved in very little time a steady footprint with strong customer acquisition and the creation of new telecommunications services, achieving monthly sustainability after 8 months and sustained sales of over 5 Mio € per year. The greatest challenge was to change the legal framework of the industry to avoid the strong impact from affecting legislation.

2006-2009
NVIA, Madrid
Director Sales Europe

Developing the conditions for the international expansion of the company’s activities.  Successful market development of several countries and the consolidation of the Portuguese office.

2002-2006
Optimising Business, Munich
Freelance activity

Sales, Consulting, Start-Ups and all projects that were driven from my status as a freelancer: I gained experience developing several projects in diverse sectors: Insurance, Personal finance, Transport, Software development, among others.

2005-2006
Soft-lutions, Munich
Vice-President Sales

Business Development: Successful entry into the Spanish market by winning a contract with the Spanish Social Security.

2005-2005
Siemens AG, Munich
Financial Manager New Generation MSI

Financial Manager for the New Product Generation MSI. I didn’t stay long in this position as I foresaw, warned and reported the risks of the investments in the new product. I left Siemens shortly after. 2 years later the new product generation was discontinued due to low demand.

2003-2005
Siemens AG, Munich
Account Manager Brazil & USA Telecommunications

Financial Account Manager for the Transmission Telecommunications Division, Sales +300 Million. The greatest focus was achieving unprecedented Asset Management control and optimisation. Successful creation and enhancement of the connection between cultures: enhancing communication between Brazilian and German teams. Parallel to my responsibilities, the creation of a pricing tool for all HW and SW components of the Telecommunications Transmission Products Portfolio.

2001-2003
Siemens AG, Munich
Account Manager Spain & Portugal Telecommunications

Development of the Telecommunications market in Spain and Portugal, picking up the project from marginal sales to winning and deploying the 2nd largest projects (non-incumbents) in both countries. P&L responsibilities and participation in cross-european projects, including leading the planning and controlling of financial forecasts for the entire european region.

2000-2001
Siemens AG, Munich
Project Manager for Central America Telecommunications Projects

Responsibilities included administrative tasks, order specification checking, invoicing and customs clearing. I started with a small project in El Salvador and ended controlling multiple projects in Central America.

1999-2000
Siemens AG, Munich
Internship

Responsibilities included administrative tasks.

1992-1998
Rótulos Carrasco, Madrid
Administrative

Working part-time for the family company.

 

Education

2015-Present
Multiple Training in Social Entrepreneurship, focusing on Positive Social Impact
Social Entrepreneur

2009-Present
Multiple Training in Autism, Self-awareness and Personal growth programs
Co-Founder Vencer Autismo

1990-1997
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Diplomado Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales

1983-1990
Colegio Mirabal, Madrid
High School

 1978-1983
American School of Madrid & Montessori, Miami
School