Luís de Sousa, Head of Transparency International in Portugal and anti-corruption expert, is talking about the history and the phenomenon of corruption

About the speaker

Luis de Sousa (born in 1973, in Mozambique) is a Portuguese political expert and an international consultant on corruption control policies. He is also a Chairman of Transparency International Portugal - a global organisation that takes action to combat corruption and prevents criminal activities arising from corruption. Transparency International works together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals.

Luis is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He has been a visiting scholar in various prestigious academic institutions in Australia, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden. His current research interests focus on corruption studies, regional integration, cross-border cooperation and comparative politics in general.

Questions for Luis:

  1. How does your life and career compare to what you envisioned for your future when you were a sixth grader?

I feel splendid with what I have and what have achieved so far. I believed in fairness back then and I still believe today.

  1. How would you define creativity and how do you apply it in your career?

Creativity is the capacity to be truthful to one’s imagination.

  1. What’s the one advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

Follow your dreams. We are an unrepeatable life project.

  1. What is the achievement that you are most proud of in your life?

In my professional life, my PhD. Not because of the title itself and what it represents, but because it was a long path of reflection and creativity. In my private life, my twins.

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