Bernardo Ivo Cruz


Executive Board Member

SOFID – Portuguese Sustainable Development Finance Institution

Bernardo Ivo Cruz serves as Executive Board Member in SOFID – Portuguese Sustainable Development Finance Institution – where he is responsible for the impact of the Private Sector on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. He is also the editor of the London BREXIT Monthly Digest and serves in the Board of the “Clube de Lisboa” Think Tank.

He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Bristol as a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholar.

In University Bernardo was Auxiliary Professor, Visit Academic, Lecture and Teaching Assistant in the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Loughborough in the UK and in the Portuguese Lusófona University. He has published work and conferences papers on Democracy, International Relations and International Economy. He also served as an elected member of the Court of the University of Bristol.

In the public sector he was Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Chief of Staff to the Foreign Secretary, Portuguese Business Development Agency’s Country Manager in the UK and Ireland and in Latin America and advisor to the Secretary of State for Youth.

In the private sector Bernardo founded and was the Global Managing Partner at the True Bridge Consultancy Group, based in London, represented the São Paulo Trade Federation in Europe, was a Partner in Leadership Business Consulting and Portuguese Industrial Association SME and Culture Commission Head of the Supporting Services.

In the not-for-profit sector he served as Chairman of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK, Club of Madrid’s Dialogue for National Reconciliation in Timor Leste Coordinator, as Secretary-General of the Portuguese Council of the European Movement and in the Board of the Friends of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos Association

Bernardo also served as Honorary Consul of Botswana in Portugal.

He was distinguished by the São Paulo City’s Government for his “Contribution for the Development of the City” on the 450 anniversary of its foundation and with the “Business Internationalisation Award 2014/15” by the British Government’s Department for International Trade.

He has live in Portugal, Brazil, the UK and Timor-Leste.