Message from our Dean #14

Monday, July 13, 2020 - 16:07

Dear members of the CATÓLICA-LISBON community,

Last week our NECEP – CATÓLICA-LISBON Forecasting Lab - published its quarterly report on the Portuguese Economy. The estimate for the GDP fall in the 2nd trimester is 13% compared to the 1st quarter and 15.5% compared to last year. NECEP maintained its central forecast, announced in March, of a 10% GDP fall in 2020. Normally, we share this report only with NECEP subscribers but during the pandemic we decided to share it with all our community given the importance for business leaders of having sound information in times of uncertainty. You can access our press release and full report here. This is an extraordinary high quality analysis and I recommend that you download it and read it.

Given the very difficult situation of the Portuguese and global economy, it is even more important that we stand united and collaborate across sectors and across institutions to collectively address the challenges we are facing. CATÓLICA-LISBON will continue to provide thought leadership and learning opportunities for action and impact. Our next digital conference will be this Tuesday, July 14, at 17.00h with Professor Rita Coelho de Vale and her consumer research team, sharing a new study of consumption patterns of the Portuguese in the post-confinement period. Please Register here.

On Thursday, July 16, from 15.00h to 16.30h, in partnership with the Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce, we bring you an outstanding webinar on Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization: Opportunities from a new Global Reality. The international panel of guests includes Professor Manuela Veloso and will be moderated by our Professor João Ribeiro da Costa. Please register here.

That same evening at 18.00h we will continue with our industry-themed digital conferences and focus on the wine sector: COVID-19: Impacto e futuro no setor dos vinhos, moderated by our executive education professors Nuno Fazenda and José Couto. Please register here.

We have much to share at CATÓLICA-LISBON and #WeStandUNITED. United as a community and united in support of a healthy economy capable of fulfilling the needs and aspirations of all citizens.


Filipe Santos, Dean of CATÓLICA-LISBON 


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