Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Mario holds dual nationality (Portuguese & British) and attended schools in Portugal, Poland and the USA.
Having finished his studies at the Law Faculty in Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in 2011, Mario went on to undergo a law practice internship at Ferreira, Mercês, Carvalho & Associados (law firm), in Lisbon.
In 2012, Mario joined AICEP (Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency) as a trainee in its London office, having then become a Project Manager, until 2017. His responsibilities included fostering Portuguese exports into the UK and FDI promotion from British companies into Portugal.
Between 2017 and 2022, Mario was Head of AICEP Shanghai and Consul for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Consulate General of Portugal in Shanghai. This office overlooked all the Yangtze River Delta Region, accounting for 3.7% of China's land area with a population of 235 million and a GDP of RMB 20.5 trillion (accounting for 20.2% of China's GDP).
During this period, the office was responsible for an increase of Portuguese exports into the China market as well as an increase of Portuguese companies settled there (from 27 to 41). At the same time, AICEP Shanghai was actively involved in supporting Chinese investments into Portugal, dealing with large companies such as FOSUN, HAITONG, HENGTONG, among others.
As of September 2022, Mario is now leading the opening of AICEP’s new office in Chicago, which will cover the midwestern region of the USA. This will be Portugal’s third office in the USA, after New York and San Francisco.