Luís Manuel Morais Leite Ramos was born in Candemil, Amarante. He has got a Master degree in Civil Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (1984), a postgraduation in European Studies from the Catholic University of Portugal (1987), and in Development Policies from the International center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies of Montpellier (1989), and a PhD in Social Sciences, from the University Paris Nanterre (1997). He is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) and Senior Researcher at CETRAD. He has been developing teaching and research activities since 1999 in the areas of territorial planning and regional development. He has held, among others, the positions of Coordinator of the Civil Engineering Course and of the Post-Graduation in Engineering and Municipal Management and of Director of the Engineering Department. Between June 2011 and March 2022, he was a Member of the Portuguese Parliament, having held the positions of Vice-President of the PSD Parliamentary Group, member of several Parliamentary Committees and Chair of the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry to the Portuguese public bank (CGD). During this period, he was also Vice-President of the Portuguese Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (APCE), where he held, among others, the positions of Vice-President of the EPP Parliamentary Group, Member of the APCE Bureau, President of the Commission on Sustainable Development and General Rapporteur of Local and Regional Authorities. From 1984 to 1999, he worked at the Northern Region Coordination Commission as Project Manager of the Rural Development Project of Trás-os-Montes (PDRITM – World Bank) and of the Douro’s Region Development Program (PRODOURO – UE) and as Coordinator of Technical Network Municipalities Offices and as Regional Director of Local Administration and Municipalities.