President Jorge Sampaio


In May 2006, Jorge Sampaio was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as his first Special Envoy for the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis.

Mr. Sampaio was sworn in as President of Portugal in March 1996, and was re-elected for a second five-year term of office in 2001.  During his time in office, Mr. Sampaio contributed to numerous international causes, including HIV/AIDS, human rights and the independence of East Timor.

Earlier in his distinguished career, Mr. Sampaio held numerous public offices, highlights of which include being elected Mayor of Lisbon in 1989, a position to which he was re-elected in 1993.  Having first been elected to Parliament in 1979, he was re-elected in 1980, 1985, 1987 and 1991.  From 1979 to 1984 Mr. Sampaio was a member of the Human Rights Commission of the Council of Europe.

Following his graduation with a degree in law from Lisbon University in 1961, Mr. Sampaio started a notable career as a lawyer.  He also played various important and active roles in the 1960s and early 1970s in supporting the transition to democracy in Portugal.  Throughout his career, he has written widely on a range of political and cultural affairs.

Mr. Sampaio was born in Lisbon.  He is married to Maria José Ritta and has two children.