João Diogo Pinto, ComIH (born 16 November 1974 in Nampula, Mozambique) is Secretary General of Fondation EurActiv since July 1st, 2015.
He grew up in Guimarães, but studied Sociology at the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE-IUL) inLisbon, Portugal. He was President of the Portuguese National Youth Council (CNJ) from 1995–1998 and became National Director of Intercultura (AFS) Portugal in 2001.
In May 2005, he was elected Secretary General of the European Youth Forum, a platform of national youth councils and international non-governmental youth organisations in Europe, that strives for youth rights in international institutions such as theEuropean Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. He stayed with the European Youth Forum until May 2009, when he was offered the position and later appointed as Secretary General of the European Movement International (EMI), one of the largest pan and pro-European civil society organisations with currently more than 70 Member Organisations, bringing together representatives from European associations, political parties, industry and business associations as well as trade unions. He was re-appointed for another three-year term as EMI Secretary General at the EMI Federal Assembly in Brussels on 26 May 2012.
He is co-author of two books: “20 Ideias para 2020 – Inovar Portugal” (2005) and “Ideias Perigosas para Portugal” (2010).
João Diogo Pinto is a Member of the Steering Group of the Spinelli Group and since 2010 a Board Member of “Fondation EurActiv”.
On 10 June 2015, João Diogo Pinto was awarded the class 'Commander' of the Order of Prince Henry by Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic.