João Paulo Meireles (JSD, Portugal) was born in Porto in 1982 where he has been practicing as a Lawyer since graduation from the Law Faculty of Porto´s University in 2005. After having assumed some responsibilities on the Student´s Movement and College bodies he became member of JSD – the youth branch of the mother party PSD - and started his involvement firstly in local and regional politics afterwards reaching the National level, where he acted has International Secretary between the years of 2010-2012. In his hometown acted both in a Parish of Oporto (Cedofeita) as a member of the Executive Cabinet and at the Town Hall´s Assembly between 2009 and 2013. Since July 2013 has been acting as the legal adviser to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation at the Portuguese Foreign Affairs Ministry during the 19th Constitutional Government. He is also member of several citizen´s associations and usually writes on some national media.
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