Professor Manuel Pinto de Abreu is Secretary of State for the Sea for the Portuguese government. Originally a navy officer, Manuel Pinto de Abreu went on to pursue higher level studies in the Naval Postgraduate School in California, USA, before obtaining a PhD in physical oceanography.

Manuel previously held the respected position of Head of the Cartography and Hydrography Institute and lectured as full professor at the Naval School of the Institute of High Military Studies. He built on this teaching experience to become Vice-rector of the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies, the largest Portuguese private university. From 2005 to 2010, he headed the Task Group for the Extension of the Continental Shelf (EMEPC), his success in which was recognised by his appointment to head of the Task Group for Maritime Affairs (EMAM) the following year.

Throughout his career, Manuel has been involved with a plethora of strategic and governmental organisations, including the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). On a national level, he has been member of the Ocean Strategic Commission and served as President of the Advisory Board of the Inter-ministerial Commission for the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf.