Being a twin son of a businesswoman, I’ve first imagined my future would be in Business Administration. As someone interested in the “gap” between my family’s business micro environment and the macro socioeconomic phenomena happening in the world in the late 2000s, I thought a modern leader would have to have a diverse skill set, a GLOCAL mindset, an “helicopter” view, understanding if the interactions between global issues and acting locally. That insight based my decision to study Economics.
At the University, I had a first contact with Public Policy, engaging in interesting discussions about International markets and Economic Policy. That opened my mind to new perspectives, a better understanding of the root causes of the soon-to-be subprime crises in the US that, as we all know, contributed for the European sovereignty and financial crises.
That experience had a profound impact on me. I’ve passed from being keen to work for profit-oriented organizations to be much more driven towards the social impact of economics and policy, on how one could contribute to tackle the global issues that our society was and, unfortunately, is still facing.
Perhaps, poisoned with AIESEC’s “be the Change you want to see in the world” attitude, I’ve followed my instinct and took a road that is giving me the chance to explore all the insights and curiosities in my mind. I was fortunate enough to, for instance, run a human´s rights EU founded local project, to collaborate with regional public organizations on economic development issues and also being a social entrepreneur, in a startup that promotes Active Aging through Digital Inclusion.
The journey has also been giving me the chance to engage in impact and meaningful volunteering experiences, such as being a co-founder of a culture development NGO, a pro-bono marketing Director of a community sports club or promotor of a policy driven youth movement, that was founded aiming to tackle a very concrete issue, the high unemployment level of graduates in my local hometown, Viana do Castelo.
Tiago Cunha Martins,
Lisbon, 12 December 2018