Lisbon American Club – The Portugal News

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The American Club of Lisbon was established in 1947 and will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a special American Club 75th Anniversary Charity Gala on October 22, 2022.

In the meantime, the American Club continues to offer its members interesting events; we had no less than 10 in the first three months of 2022.

These events attract new members, we are growing faster than ever; although our name is the word “American”, we are open to all nationalities – only around 30% of our members are American, 40% are Portuguese and 30% “other” nationals – today we are a truly international club .

Events

The American Club offers a wide variety of events, some are social gatherings, some are primarily business networking events, many have speakers covering a wide range of topics of interest: political, economic, cultural, societal , etc. We also organize visiting cultural events, particularly appealing to expatriates recently arrived in Portugal, but often also exposing our Portuguese members to “hidden gems” in Portugal’s rich cultural places that they were unaware of.

For example, we recently organized a walking tour of Lisbon’s Jewish heritage, a visit to the studio of world-renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, adding a more classic visit to the Palacio Nacional de Mafra. These cultural visits, which generally bring together 20 to 40 people, always include a meal together, a great opportunity to forge closer ties of friendship.

Speakers

In the first three months of 2022, we had four dinners with speakers, introducing a typical mix of topics:

– Patrick Monteiro de Barros, the famous Portuguese businessman and Olympic sailor sharing in the intimacy of a dinner, the stories of his life, a mirror of the history of Portugal in recent decades,

– Luis Castro Henriques, CEO of AICEP, the Portuguese agency for the promotion of foreign investments in Portugal and the influence of Portuguese companies abroad, who spoke about his experience in revitalizing this important institution, sharing his vision of the future of Portugal, including its trade relations with the United States,

– Dr. Felipe Pathé Duarte, foreign policy expert, speaking about Ukraine and its history with Russia, just before the Russian invasion, and
– Richard Lucas, well-known creator of TED-talks, explaining the success of this expert platform.

In addition, the American Club of Lisbon decided at the end of 2021 to launch a series of thematic events, choosing Real Estate as the first theme. Virtually everyone at these events is involved in real estate, they are wonderful forums for high profile networking. Our American Club real estate event in March featured José Cardoso Botelho, CEO of Vanguard, the largest developer in Portugal, as keynote speaker.

Our events are intended to be interesting, productive and fun. They succeed in part because of the quality of the speakers, but just as importantly, people enjoy attending American Club events because they can discover and develop relationships and friendships with other members, interesting internationalists looking to enjoy stimulating times with people who share some of the same interests.

For more information please call +351 21 352 93 08 or visit https://americancluboflisbon.com

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