Being a member of YATA Portugal Executive Board for 5 years, 23 years old Manuel Matos dos Santos studied Political Science & International Relations at Nova University of Lisbon, doing an internship at the Ministry of Internal Administration and while being Coordinator of the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Nova Student’s Association. During his bachelor’s, he also studied in Prague for 6 months, at Charles University.

After that, Manuel started his master’s at Lisbon School of Economics and Management on the field of Development and International Cooperation, being now finishing his Thesis under the theme “Football as a tool for Development: the Portuguese National Team case”.

In 2017, while taking his master’s, Manuel started his professional career as a Talent Manager at Closer Consulting, a Data Science company specialized in Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, position that he still holds today with passion.

In January 2019, Manuel took over the Presidency of YATA Portugal under the commitment of “Promoting Diplomacy through Transatlantic values”.