People

Gustavo R. Dias, PhD

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and co-founder

Gustavo serves as a chairman of Stratosphere Board and as its Chief Executive Officer, where, among other areas, he’s responsible for global strategy, marketing and external relations.

Gustavo Dias holds both a Mechanical Engineering and a Master in Structural Engineering degrees from Faculty of Engineering of Oporto University, and received a PhD in Polymer Science and Mechanical Engineering by a join project of University of Minho and Ecole Nationale des Mines, Paris. Gustavo has had experience in academic activities for over 15 years, more recently as an Assistant Professor at University of Minho and in R&D both in Portugal and internationally as a researcher in the field of mechanical and materials engineering. Several years running projects and organizations providing solutions for leading edge industries such aeronautics and space provided a strong experience in management of complex projects and teams, which has now resulted in his founding Stratosphere to answer critical industry needs.

Júlio C. Viana, PhD

Vice-President Science and Technology & Chief Technology Officer and co-founder

Júlio serves as a member of Stratosphere Board and as its Chief Technology Officer. He holds responsibilities for the company’s operations, research strategy, product development and project management.

Júlio Viana holds a degree in Production Engineering from University of Minho, a Master in Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering Design from Queen´s University of Belfast and a PhD in Polymer Science and Mechanical Engineering from University of Minho. Júlio’s vast, 15+ years, experience in national and international research projects, in advanced materials and production technologies, ranges from pure research to applied industrial solutions. Some of his research work has been on mechanically active polymeric systems and controlled morphology processing applications on Aeronautics & Automotive. His wealth of technological and project management experience provides Stratosphere with leading edge skills and know-how that lead to a steady guidance in the development of highly capable and forward looking solutions to the present and future problems challenging our focus industries.

Manne Karl Andreas Koerfer

Vice-President Business Development & CBDO

Manne serves as a member of Stratosphere Board and as its VP of Business Development & Chief Business Development Officer, with responsibilities of the global Business Development strategy.

Holds a Chartered Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering and he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Eastern European studies and Military history from the University of Uppsala. He is also a Commander in the Royal Swedish Navy Reserve with graduation from the Naval War Academy and studies at the Defence College in Stockholm. Finally, he has attended several post graduate studies in leadership, marketing and strategic board work at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. Manne is a native Swede who also speaks English, French, German, Swiss-German and has basic knowledge of Portuguese. Manne has a proven international track record of more than 20 years as a defence industrial executive at C-level positions with experience to manage complex technical projects with long duration ranging from electro-optical sensors, missile systems to fighter aircraft – often towards Government stakeholders. He is culturally and linguistically adept, able to utilize profound worldwide business experience of marketing and sales thereby ensuring a for all parties successful and lasting result after long-term and strategic negotiations. Manne has work references ranging from large companies like SAAB AB (publ) to serving as CEO for a public electronic defence company over a five-years period.