Isabel Mota takes charge of Portugal’s Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 

One of Europe’s largest foundations has elected its first female president. Isabel Mota took charge of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in May 2017. 

The remit of the foundation, whose assets of €2.8 billion put it among the biggest in Europe, is broad – arts, education, science, and social welfare.

In an inaugural speech, Isabel Mota suggested that under her tenure, the foundation would strive to maintain ‘the sustainability of natural resources and of social systems’ and that the most vulnerable would be the ‘principal beneficiaries of the foundation’s work’.

The foundation’s chief aim, she said, was to ‘anticipate the future’ and to support innovations that would help prepare ‘the citizens of tomorrow’.  

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