PAULO ZAGALO E MELO was born in Lisbon, Portugal.
He is Director of the Luso-American Foundation since September 2006.
Previously, he was with the Fulbright Portugal (the Luso-American Fulbright Commission) since 1993 where he held the positions of Administrative Officer
(1993-1996), Acting Executive Director (1996), and Executive Director (1997- 2006). During his tenure as Executive Director, he also served on the Executive Committee of Fulbright Directors from Europe and Israel, a peer-elected position, for three consecutive terms (1998-2003). Prior to Fulbright, Zagalo e Melo was Senior Accountant at Ernst & Young (1991-1993).
Paulo Zagalo e Melo is co-founder, with Horst Mewes, of "Future Citizenship".
Paulo Zagalo e Melo holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University (2004). His academic background also includes undergraduate degrees in Accounting, and in Business Administration.
While at Harvard, he was a grantee of the Luso-American Foundation.
Presently, he is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal, where he is working on various projects on citizenship.
He has lectured on ‘Portuguese History and Culture’ at the University of Arkansas (1997 and 1998), and on ‘Management of Culture’ at the Catholic University of Portugal (2004). He was Editor of Fulbright Brainstorms on Bioethics: Frontiers and New Challenges, Principia, 2006, and has written book reviews for Nova Cidadania, a Portuguese journal of political studies. Since 2006, he is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the LL.M. (Master of Laws) in International Trade and Business Law of the Catholic University of Portugal.
Currently on sabbatical from the Luso-American Foundation, Paulo Zagalo e Melo is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Political Science of the University of Colorado at Boulder, writing a dissertation on the topic of citizenship and migration in the EU. During his stay at the University of Colorado, he is a PhD grantee of the Gulbenkian Foundation.