João Manuel Valente Nabais

João Manuel Valente Nabais (Portugal) is President of the International Diabetes Federation Europe Region (IDF Europe) and a member of the IDF Board 2013-2015.

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1981, João has been actively involved in the field of diabetes ever since his youth through participation and support in numerous activities of APDP – the Portuguese Diabetes Association. He is himself the founder of two local diabetes associations and the President of one of them, the Evora Diabetes Association.

At national level, João has served for 10 years as Board Member of APDP, sitting on the association’s Ethical Committee and working on different projects including youth camps, advocating for the Declaration of the European Parliament on diabetes and supporting the Unite for diabetes campaign. From 2008 to 2011, he also served as President of APDP’s Ethical Committee. Furthermore, his work for APDP includes close collaboration on the educational courses provided to people with diabetes and parents of children with diabetes. Additionally, João Nabais played an important role in the campaign for the reimbursement of test-strips in Portugal.

In 2008, João joined the Board of IDF Europe and became President-Elect of IDF Europe in 2009. The issues he has been actively working on at European level include EU political affairs, namely Food Labelling, European Parliament Diabetes Working Group and the EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. Besides, he has also been actively working on engaging youth and is heavily involved in the IDF Europe Youth Summer Camp.

João Nabais graduated in Technological Chemistry from the University of Lisbon and he holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Evora (Portugal). Since 2002, he works as Assistant Professor at the University of Evora and is currently Head of the Chemistry Department and Deputy Rector of the University.