Carmen Amado Mendes is the coordinator of the International Office of the School of Economics, University of Coimbra (Portugal) and a professor of International Relations at the University of Coimbra. She is also the former head of the International Relations department. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London, United Kingdom; her Master's Degree from the Institut des Hautes Études Européennes – University of Strasbourg, France; and her Bachelor with Honours from the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences – University of Lisbon, Portugal. She was a founding member of the Observatory of China in Portugal; board member of the European Association for Chinese Studies and the organizer of the 2014 EACS conference in Coimbra; former president of the International Relations Section; and member of the board of the Portuguese Political Science Association. She was a visiting professor at the University of Macau, China; the University of Salamanca, Spain; and the University of Lyon, France. She was a Post-doctorate scholar of the Institute of Political Studies – Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon; Auditor of the Portuguese Institute of National Defence; and a founder of the consulting company ChinaLink. She coordinated a research project on the role of Macau in China´s relations with the Portuguese speaking-countries and a project on South-South cooperation of the Europe China Research and Advice Network at the University of Coimbra , which was supported by the European External Action Service. She is the author of Portugal, China and the Macau Negotiations 1986-1999 (Hong Kong University Press, 2013) and of several articles and book chapters on China’s foreign policy and Macau.