Catarina Vaz Pinto holds a Law degree from the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP), Lisbon, and a postgraduate degree in European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges. Catarina has served as Culture Councillor for the Lisbon City Chamber since November 2009. She is a cultural manager and independent consultant in the areas of cultural policy and development, cultural and artistic education. Catarina has been the Executive Coordinator of the Gulbenkian Programme for Creativity and Artistic Creation/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2003-2007) and a consultant for Quaternaire Portugal, SA, in the area of cultural projects and policy (2001-2005). She was executive director and lecturer in the postgraduate degree in Cultural Management for Cities at the Institute for Business Management Development – INDEG/ISCTE (2001-2004), State Secretary of Culture (1997-2000), Deputy Minister of Culture (1995-1997), and co-founder of Fórum Dança Cultural Association, acting as Chief Executive (1991-1995).