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Luis S.

Tourism, Hospitality, Food and Nutrition Specialist

Master's DegreeSchool of Tourism and Maritime Technology on the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria



I was born in Portugal, Ponte de Vagos in 1990, but it was in Praia de Mira that I spent my childhood and I define it as "my" land. At the age of 14, I went to Coimbra to attend the Coimbra Tourism and Hospitality School, where I took the Cookery and Pastry course. My curiosity and willingness to learn led me to work, simultaneously with my studies, in catering and several hotels in the city, part-time. I have Bachelor's Degree in Cookery and Food that I took at Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, Portugal, and I did a Master's Degree in Hospitality Management at the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology in, Leiria, Portugal. I took also an executive course in luxury management, at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China. In my career, you can highlight the professional experiences in some major hotel groups such as Ritz Carlton in Tenerife, Hilton Group in Prague and Grupo Pestana in São Tomé and Príncipe. My last stop in Portugal was as an Assistant Operations Manager at Pestana Management in Lisbon. In 2014 I come to Timor-Leste to organize and pre-open the Novo Turismo Hotel in Dili as Executive Chef. With the growth of the project and given my background and experience, I became Operations Manager of the hotel, a position that I assumed until I was invited by the hotel owner to support the group's new project in the Media sector as Sales Manager, position that I assumed until the beginning of 2018. Currently, I'm International Invited Professor at the National University of Timor-Leste. In 2016, I launched my first cookbook, "Sabores da Lusofonia", with recipes from various Portuguese-speaking countries, with a preface by Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta. In 2018, I launched my new book, "Sabor de Timor," with recipes from Timor-Leste to promote local ingredients and healthier food, with the preface of President Xanana Gusmão. This book was the result of the cooking show which I was the author and host on GMN Tv for a year. My desire to develop my abilities has made me cross the world, interacting with a variety of realities. I invested in my training and now it's time to take another step in my career expanding my areas of expertise. Luís Simões' Resume


  • tourism
  • administration
  • tertiary education
  • sales
  • facilities / infrastructure
  • portugal
  • timor-leste
  • hong kong
  • china
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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