Leiria Business School


Manuel Dias

National Technology Officer - Microsoft

Having the privilege to work with leading edge technology for more than 20 years, it couldn’t be a better time to work at Microsoft, where I truly believe we can make a huge impact on society by leveraging Artificial Intelligence to amplify human capacities!

I started my career at EFACEC as a Software Engineer in a R&D area for real-time systems. In 2004 I embraced an exciting new challenge at OutSystems, a startup at the time, assuming several roles across engineering, pre-sales and product management, and learning a lot with many brilliant people. In 2011 I joined Microsoft, as a Data & AI Specialist then as Business Analytics Lead and AI Ambassador focused in one of my preferred areas, Artificial Intelligence. In 2018 I moved to Technical Sales Director managing a high performance and high specialized, tech sales team and in October 2020 I've been appointed as the National Technology Officer (NTO) of Microsoft Portugal, modeling Microsoft technology vision and driving innovation for Portugal.

Meanwhile I've been involved in several initiatives bridging the gap between universities, communities and enterprises, helping companies leveraging the full potential of their data through big data, advanced analytics and cloud computing solutions.

Along this journey I had amazing experiences, from teaching, mentoring, and speaking in several conferences but above all meet many bright and visionary people whom I'm constantly learning!

I see myself as an enthusiastic person, passionate about disruptive technologies, continuously learning and sharing knowledge, and always figuring out new ways to challenge business innovation through new technology. (via LinkedIn)

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