António Sampaio da Nóvoa
António Sampaio da Nóvoa is the Portuguese Ambassador to the UNESCO, formerly the Rector of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He holds a PhD in Educational Sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and in Modern and Contemporary History from the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne.
He is a visiting professor at several international universities from Oxford to New York and Brasil.Between 2006 and 2013, he wasthe Rector of the University of Lisbon, leading the process of merging the University of Lisbon and the Technical University of Lisbon
His career at UNESCO started in 2014, by an international mission of UNESCO to the Brazilian Government. Two years later, he ran as an independent candidate in the presidential elections, having obtained the quarter of the votes. From 2018, he is the Permanent Representative of Portugal to UNESCO.