Ricardo Rio has been the Mayor of Braga since 2013, the third largest city of Portugal. He was first elected to public office in 2005 as a City Councilmen and City Assemblymen of Braga Municipality. He was also the President of Social Democratic Party of Braga and a member of Social Democratic Party’s National Political Committee. He is a leading politician in Portugal and is currently the President General Assembly of Galicia-North of Portugal Euroregion, and the President of the Intermunicipality Community of Cavado. He was elected recently member of Executive Committee of Global Parliament of Mayors, a global network of mayors all around the world. Prior to being elected Mayor, he had a career in the private sector and was the General Secretary of the Portuguese Association of Financial Analysts and the Director at Euronext Lisbon, a Capital Market Institute. He also worked as a consultant in business and governance with several leading Portuguese companies and public institutions.