Ana Paula Laborinho
Professor, University of Lisbon
former President, EUNIC Global
She has specialised in travel writings, especially Asian routes. She has lectured at graduate and post-graduate levels in the fields of Portuguese Literature, Hispanic-American Literature and Asian Studies. She coordinates a research line on Orientalism at the Centre of Comparative Studies of the University of Lisbon.
During her 14 years in Macau, she assumed the post of Director of the Cultural Institute of Macau, and she was a teacher at the University of Macau, where she helped to establish the Institute of Portuguese Studies. During the period from 1996 to 2002, she was President of the Portuguese Institute of the Orient, institution responsible for promoting and divulgating the Portuguese language and culture in Eastern Asia. She is currently the President of the Camões Institute and held the Presidency of EUNIC Global from July 2011 to June 2012.
Europeans talk a great deal about each other but rarely with one another. Most attempts to create pan-European media have failed. There is a dearth of EU news coverage.