Jorge was born in the town of Galveias, Portugal, but has lived in London for the majority of his life. Having done History at UCL, he specialises in the history and politics of the Middle East, North Africa and Iberia. He currently works at the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in London.
As part of his work at CEFTUS, and due to his specialisation, Jorge has featured as a guest on Levant TV and Monocle 24 radio, where he was invited to comment on Turkey and the current crisis in the Middle East, as well as on Turkey’s internal politics.
Jorge has a deep interest in the politics, history, culture of and international relations between the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. He believes in the need for further political and economic integration within the European Union, as the only way to achieve long-lasting peace and prosperity on the continent. He further believes in the fundamental importance of freedom of speech and of thought, and of the need of critical thinking in the world of today to break down the ideas of the past and build new ones to fit the times in which we live.
Jorge can fluently speak three languages – Portuguese, English, French – as well as four others at various different levels - Turkish, Spanish, Italian and Arabic.
“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.”
– Alejandro Jodorowsky