Viviana Silva is the Regional Leader of “Smart Manufacturing”, at Cargil Agricultural Supply Chain EMEA, which she joined in March 2022.
Previously, she spent more than 10 years at BASF (Germany), where she held different roles, in the area of innovation in the departments of Central Research, Global Technology for Agricultural Solutions; “Smart Manufacturing”; and “Corporate Sustainability”.
She was Research Leader at the University of Porto in the area of biorefineries and Business Unit Leader at Fluidinova S.A., in the field of nanomaterials. She was Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and evaluator of European FP7 projects for the European Commission.
Viviana has a degree and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. She has a postgraduate degree in Business Management at the Porto Business Management School.
She has received several awards, including 1st place in the IChemE Award for Innovation & Excellence for “Sustainable Technology”, 2008. She has 5 patents, more than 50 scientific articles and about 40 oral communications.
She is since 2021 President of ASPPA e.V., Association of Portuguese Postgraduates in Germany, an independent and non-profit organization founded in 2012, committed to representing, promoting and defending the interests of Portuguese with an academic degree residing in Germany.
She has been a member of the Portuguese Diaspora Council since December 2022.