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Elsa Monteiro

Elsa Monteiro

Portuguese Council of Shopping Centres

Elsa Monteiro is Member of the Managing Committee of the European Property Federation (since 2002), company member of the Portuguese Council of Shopping Centres -APCC- (since 1998) and Head of Sustainability of Sonae Sierra (since 2009).

Place of Birth

Porto (Portugal).


  • Geography graduate (Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto)
  • Urban Planing post graduate (Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto)
  • Business Administration post graduate (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • Masters in Urban and Environmental Law (Faculdade de Direito, Universidade de Coimbra)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility from Harvard Business School
  • Business Management from Lisbon University and from IMD Business School, Switzerland

Work Experience

Elsa Monteiro's responsibilities are to coordinate and monitor the Sonae Sierra's safety & health and environmental policy and management system, and to coordinate the Company's Sustainability strategy. She is member of Sonae Sierra Sustainability Steering Committee and she is responsible for its day to day coordination. Elsa Monteiro is also member of the Sonae Sustainability Forum.

Until December 2008, she was the Head of Institutional Relations, Environment and Communication of Sonae Sierra, having responsibilities in three domains: coordination of the company relations with government and local authorities within the licensing process of shopping centres; coordination of corporate communication and brand strategy including relations with the media; and leading the Environmental Policy implementation within all the activities of the company.

Before joining Sonae Sierra in 1995, Elsa Monteiro was Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary of State of Local Administration and Urban Planning of the Portuguese Government 1990-95. She started her professional career in 1987 in the Research and Planning Department of the Urban Planning Ministry in Portugal.


Elsa Monteiro is also member of the INREV Sustainability Committee and the ULI Greenprint Performance Committee.

About Sonae Sierra

Sonae Sierra,, is the international shopping centre specialist that provides ultimate shopping experiences to customers and creates outstanding value to shareholders, investors, tenants, communities and staff, while contributing to sustainable development.

The Company owns 47 shopping centres with a market value of more than €5.6 billion euros, and is present in 4 continents and 13 countries: Portugal, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Colombia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Spain and Turkey. Sonae Sierra manages and/or lets 85 Shopping Centres with a total Gross Lettable Area of 2.7 million m2 and about 8,300 tenants. In 2013, the Company welcomed more than 406 million visits in the Shopping Centres it manages. Currently, Sonae Sierra has 6 projects under development, including 3 for clients, and 4 new projects in pipeline.