João Pinto is a European citizen born in Lisbon one year after the creation of the Erasmus Programme. Having always been interested in global challenges, João holds an MsC in International Relations from both the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and Sciences Po Bordeaux (France). In these institutions he has researched how federal systems work, having written a thesis on the internal dynamics of the Russian Federation.

Currently, João is a PhD candidate studying the global actorness of the European Union, specially towards Brazil and South America. After working in the European Research Council (European Commission), the recently elected President of ESN is particularly interested in the role international students can have in making societies more inclusive and resilient. An avid traveller, João also has a passion for maps, trains, and good food.