Carmen Rosa - PLMJ

Carmen Baptista Rosa – PLMJ

We have great pleasure in introducing you to CARMEN BAPTISTA ROSA of company PLMJ – LAW FIRM

How did you start your career?

I started 20 years ago as a trainee lawyer at the law firm PLMJ. Without even really intending to be a lawyer I became one and today I am proud to be one of PLMJ’s partners and head of the Faro office. I cherish long-lasting relationships!

Who is the business person that has inspired you most?

André Jordan, for his vision and ideas ahead of his time.

What is your greatest satisfaction in your business day?

A good day is a day when I learn something new and teach something new; and during this process, to have clients who are satisfied and recognise the effort and value all those working in the background.

What interests or hobbies do you have outside of your business career?

Photography, travelling (but not so much for the time being) and all kinds of sports, but especially yoga and running. Occasionally, I challenge myself with new activities and the current challenge is to learn how to surf.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what film / book / piece of music would you want to have with you?

No films at all. I would take any book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – maybe “One hundred years of solitude” or “The story of a shipwrecked Sailor” would be appropriate. I would also take something I could listen to on a loop for years, Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum.

What is your favourite place in Portugal? And in the UK?

A sunset in Sagres and having lunch on any of the Barreiras Islands of “Ria Formosa” in the Algarve. In the UK, undoubtedly London – spending the afternoon in Camden and going to see a musical in the evening!

Are you active on social media? (if you wish you can indicate your online profile)

Who isn’t? Professionally, LinkedIn and privately, Instagram.

There is much talk of digital disruption of both business and personal lives. What are the changes that you could see over the next ten years in your sector?

Digital disruption is a consequence of progress. In the next 10 years, I believe we will be even more digital in our professional lives, having computers replacing lawyers in most of our day-to-day routine work. Virtual meetings with clients will be the norm, as will being able to work anywhere. But I hope we will be much more offline in our personal lives. Balance is key.

If you want to speak to Carmen, email: [email protected]

Bruce Hawker - Open Media

Bruce Hawker – Open Media

We have great pleasure in introducing you to Bruce Hawker of  Open Media

How did you start your career?

I have been in publishing all my life and co-founded what was the Algarve Gazette back in the 1980’s

Who is the business person that has inspired you most?

Richard Branson

What is your greatest satisfaction in your business day?

Seeing ideas develop into successful projects

What interests or hobbies do you have outside of your business career?

Wine, cooking, scuba diving

If you were stranded on a desert island, what film / book / piece of music would you want to have with you?

Pulp Fiction, The Art of Eating by MFK Fisher, Wish Your Were Here by Pink Floyd

What is your favourite place in Portugal? And in the UK?

Carvoeiro and London

Are you active on social media?

Yes, FB and LinkedIn 

There is much talk of digital disruption of both business and personal lives. What are the changes that you could see over the next ten years in your sector?

With the growth in online media and the challenges this presents to print, I think more and more people will place a premium on quality information.

If you want to speak to Bruce, email: [email protected]

Rui Almeida Profile

Rui Almeida – Moneris

To begin our series we have great pleasure in introducing you to our Chairman, Rui Almeida, CEO & Managing Partner of Moneris.

Rui Almeida

Q: Your name and profession?

A: My name is Rui Almeida and I am currently the Chief Executive Officer of Moneris, one of the largest Portuguese accounting and consultancy firms. I am also proud to be the Chairman of the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Audit Committee of EDP Ventures and Teixeira Duarte. I also co-chair the special interest group on M&A of MSI Global Alliance, a leading international association of independent legal and accounting firms, and I take part in the advisory board of Start-up Portimão – can’t stay still really…

Q:  What is your favourite place in the UK?

A: Tough question as there are many places which are close to my heart. Having lived in Reading for a number of years, the South East of England, and in particular Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey are indeed places where I always like to go back to. But Cornwall in the South West with its traditional fishing villages and vibrant art scene also resonate to me dearly. And then there is London, of course –indeed one of the most exciting cities in the world, always buzzing and surprising.

Q: Which businessperson has inspired you the most?

A: Richard Branson is probably among the businessmen who has inspired me the most. The way he has always embraced his failures as stepping stones to his successful career as an entrepreneur is most captivating. Richard Branson is known by many as the entrepreneurial enfant terrible, but he is also a recurring philanthropist. He is someone with an out-of-the box attitude and behaviour who leads his life and ventures with a purpose and extraordinary resilience. Someone who is a bit of an odd one out when you think about the typical business community.

Q: What is your favourite book written by an English or a Portuguese author?

A: I am particularly fond of dystopian novels and in this field I would highlight two masterpieces, from two novelists who have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature:

  • “Never let me go”, by Kazuo Ishiguro, which is a thought-provoking read from beginning to end. A very sharp critique to ethical behaviour and the human relation with memory and the inevitability of death; and
  • “Blindness”, by José Saramago, a fascinating story about social decay which compels us to a feeling of anxiety and despair. An immersive and overwhelming novel, which led me to be many times disorientated and horrified when reading it.

Q: What is your preferred social media platform? If you wish, indicate your online profile?

A: Without a doubt my preferred platform is LinkedIn, if we are talking about business social media – www.linkedin.com/in/rui-pedro-almeida

Q: The popularity of the internet and advancements in technology have proven to be devastating for some sectors. Looking forward 10 years which sectors do you imagine will be great winners and losers?

A: In the last few years we have come to realise that Information technology is no longer an extension of businesses, but instead they have become the main driving force of change. In many cases technology can present opportunities for organisations to reinvent their business models and improve their efficiency. Those that are able to adapt will indeed be winners and those who fail to embed technology into their operating models will perish.

Among the potential losers I would pin down traditional Media & Entertainment and Financial Services. They both are on the cusp of technological disruption and urgently need to adapt.

In the winners list I would argue that healthcare is at the top as a global winner. Nowadays the speed of research and development is incredibly faster than it was ever before. This is one sector which deserves all efforts and investments and that hopefully will improve the quality of living of the world population. Technology is massively relevant on this arena.

The most important takeaway is that it is crucial for companies and sectors to embrace new technologies emerging, as they are likely to have a potential to be disruptive and thus be the cause of its success or demise.

Q: How would you like to be remembered?

A: To be honest I do think this is one of those questions to which the answer will change with the passing of time. Having said that, at the moment I would say I’d like to be remembered as someone who leads his life with a purpose. That I have caused an impact but have never been overwhelmed by any achievements I may have made and, instead, have always recognised that everyone in the organisations that I serve, regardless of their level of seniority, have contributed to its overall successes and accomplishments. I am genuinely thankful for the opportunities I have and try to treat everyone with the same respect I want to myself. Maybe that is little but for me, it makes all the difference. I am a team player and I am mindful that everyone in my team should be evenly respected and praised for their efforts and performance. Then there are my little ones of whom I am most proud of and their memory of me is surely the one I value the most – I hope when they look back they will be proud of who I am.

If you want to speak to Rui Almeida, feel free to contact him directly by email to: [email protected]