Hélder de Sousa Silva
Vice-president of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area
Hélder de Sousa Silva is Vice-Chairman of the Metropolitan Council of Lisbon and Mayor of the Municipality of Mafra.
Born in Mafra, Hélder Sousa Silva graduated in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, the largest and most reputable school of Engineering, Science and Technology and Architecture in Portugal. He also obtained a degree in Military Sciences, transmissions branch, from the Military Academy. He continued to pursue his studies, obtaining a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, also from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.
He is currently a PhD student in Strategic Studies at the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP), Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.
Hélder Sousa Silva was member of the Portuguese Parliament for the Social Democratic Party Parliamentary Group during the XII Legislature as well as being Member of the Municipal Council of Mafra. As council member he established the Advanced Centre for Forest Defence against Fires, whose integrated model was then replicated by the Municipal Centre for Civil Protection. He also promoted the creation of the Grouping of Humanitarian Associations of the Municipality of Mafra, the first such association at a national level. Meanwhile, he envisioned and led the application process that culminated in the attribution of the "World Surfing Reserve" award to Ericeira, the first in Europe and second in the World.
He has vast experience as Director of Technical Services of the National Service for Fire and Civil Protection, Army Officer, university lecturer and representative in various public and private entities. His areas of interest are politics, security, safety and civil protection, tourism, as well as information technology and telecommunications.