António Costa Silva

António Costa Silva

Portuguese Minister of Economy and the Sea

António Costa Silva has a degree in Mining Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, a Master's degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College (University of London), and a PhD in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico and Imperial College.

He is Professor Emeritus of the Instituto Superior Técnico, where he did his aggregation in Planning and Integrated Management of Energy Resources.

At the invitation of the Portuguese Government, he prepared the Strategic Vision for the Economic Recovery Plan of Portugal 2020-2030 and chaired the National Monitoring Committee of the Recovery and Resilience Program since May 2021.

He was Chairman of the Executive Committee of Partex between 2004 and 2021.

He was Director of Reservoir and Production Engineering at Beicip-Franlab, the corporate branch of the French Petroleum Institute (Paris, 2001-2003) and Executive Director of Compagnie Géneral de Geophysique in Portugal (1998-2001). He began his professional career in 1980, at Sonangol (Angola), and from 1984 to 1997 he worked at Companhia Portuguesa de Serviços.

Throughout his career, he was responsible for the coordination of several international energy projects, particularly in the Middle East, Algeria, Mexico, Venezuela, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Angola.

He was selected in 2002 by the International Court of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce as an expert in charge of resolving the legal and technical dispute between two of the largest oil companies in the world, in a field off the China Sea.

He was, as of 2018, a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Aveiro, Chairman of the Fuel Board of ERSE, member of the Advisory Board of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Water Initiative of the Catholic University of Lisbon.   

He was a member of the Board of Trustees of ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and of the Advisory Board of the Gulbenkian Development Aid Program.

He has participated as an invited speaker at international conferences on strategy, energy and geopolitics and is the author of several publications and articles in the areas of energy, strategy, geopolitics and international relations.