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Nuno is the Founder and Managing Partner of Optimal Partners Consulting, LLC, an IT consulting company from Boston, MA that specializes in Project Management and Consulting for large systems implementations within universities. You can learn more at the company web site at www.optimal-partners.com or at its blog at www.higheredprojects.com.
 
Currently, Nuno is managing multiple IT infrastructure projects at Boston College. Previously, he was a Consultant/Project Manager at Harvard University for a multi-million dollar implementation for Research Administration. He has managed projects involving software development, vendor solutions, data warehouses, business intelligence, network infrastructure, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Internet technologies. He has done this within corporate, consulting, academic, and small business environments, including Harvard, Accenture, Boston College, and Boston Scientific.
 
A social entrepreneur, IT project leader, and avid traveler, Nuno promotes mentorship for college students internationally. He has sponsored and mentored at Startup Weekend events at UMass, Dartmouth, which help inspire students to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas to fruition. Nuno also provides mentorship for start-up companies as part of the IDEA incubator at Northeastern University, as advisor to BGI, a global startup incubator headquartered in Portugal in collaboration with MIT, and as an advisor to the government of the Azores. He is also an advisor to the Business Innovation and Research Center at UMass, which focuses on economic development in Southeastern MA.

Nuno's recent honors include his induction by the Azorean Directorate of Technology into the Azores Prestige network of international professionals, an organization that brings together professionals of Azorean descent to assist the economy of the Azores. He also received the Volunteer Service Award from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth's 44th Annual Alumni Awards.

Specialties: IT Project Management, Use of Technology for Business Advantage, Entrepreneurship

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