The Foreign Ministry of Portugal
Augusto Santos Silva
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Augusto Santos Silva was born in Oporto in 1956.
He has a PhD in Sociology from ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (1992).
He is Professor in Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto.
Member of the XVIII Government, as Minister of National Defense (2009-2011).
Member of the XVII Government. as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs (2005-2009).
Deputy of the Assembly of Republic, representing Oporto’s constituency (between 2002 and 2005, and in 2011, effectively; with his functions suspended between 2005 and 2011 because he was a member of the Government).
Member of the XIV Government, first as Secretary of State of Educational Administration (1999-2000), afterwards as Minister of Education (2000-2001), and then as Minister of Culture (2001-2002).
Dean of Universidade do Porto (1998-1999).
Chairman of the scientific council of Faculdade de Economia do Porto (1998-1999).
Affiliated in Socialist Party since 1990, he is – nowadays – member of its national political commission.
He has several books published related to Sociology and Political Ideas.