Pereira Manuel, Programme Manager at Council of Europe
Manuel António de Almeida Pereira, Portuguese national born in Porto, Portugal on 6 May 1966, holds a Masters Degree in law (Political-Judicial Sciences) by the University Portucalense Infante Dom Henrique in Portugal (Course of 1985-1990) and also auditor of National Defence course taken at the National Defence Institute of Lisbon in the years 1997/1998.
Practiced law for 12 years in the city of Porto, Portugal and was hired by the Portuguese Army between 1991 and 1999, ending with the rank of Captain and with functions done at the Justice Department of the Northern Military Region of Portugal.
In 2002, suspended the legal practice and began an international career which remain to this day. First assignment was with UNHCR as a Protection Officer in East Timor in 2002.
Between 2003 and 2004 was recruited by the United Nations Mission Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) as Legal Adviser at the Special Chamber of the Supreme Court of Kosovo in the field of privatisations and still in Kosovo was Legal Adviser to the Election Complaints and Appeals Commission (ECAC) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
At the end of 2004 he started functions as Coordinator of the first EUROMED Justice Programme in the field of Criminal Justice with the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) based in Barcelona, Spain and extensive work in all MEDA (now MENA) countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey).
In September 2006 was admitted to EUROJUST in the Hague, Netherlands, as Case Management Analyst of high profiled criminal cases, where he remained until September 2009, when moved again to the United Nations, this time to UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), firstly for the Mission in Guinea-Bissau as Legal Adviser on Anti-Narcotics and Criminal Justice and Head of the UNODC country Programme; and secondly, since August 2012, after promotion and lateral transfer, to Nairobi, Kenya to Coordinate the Counter-Piracy Programme and Prison Reform of UNODC with a budget of 16 million dollars and in particular the Project of Transfer of Prisoners convicted of piracy back to Somalia; based in the town of Garowe in Puntland State of Somalia and also responsible for the implementation of the project in the Republic of Somaliland. This last mission ended on 31 December 2014.
Manuel is still a Freelance Lawyer for the mega-Dutch law firm “De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek” in Amsterdam since March 2015, on matters related to corporate law, international law, internal investigations and Due Diligence.
In January 2016 was admitted to the Council of Europe as a Programme Manager, currently managing the GLACY+ Programme, (Global Action on Cybercrime Extended), based at the Council of Europe Programme Office in Bucharest, Romania (C-PROC); A capacity building global project of 11,3 million Euros which includes reform of cyber legislation, training programmes, and technical assistance to countries around the world in the fight against cybercrime and in the proper use and access to Electronic Evidence.
He has several certifications is the areas of Global Terrorism, History of the United Nations before and after the cold war, Humanitarian Law, Peacekeeping Operations, Dayton accords and Kosovo, Mine Action, Security and safety in the Field, Crime Analysis, Fraud and Corruption and the basic and advances courses on Cybercrime and electronic evidence. Manuel also completed the course of Management Development Program (MDP), equivalent to PRINCE 2 course and other courses related to the management and supervision of projects.