Manuel Schiappa Pietra

President & CEO of FreeBalance and Chairman on the Happiness Foundation board
Past President of The International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM)

“Allbusinesseshaveanopportunityandanobligationtomakeadifference in the world. Our actions matter and our success should be measured by the impact that we have in the countries and communities where we do business.”

Manuel is a global executive and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of successful management experience in companies based in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Latin

America. He has a proven track record in building and running companies, from “start ups” to well- established private and public organizations. He has consistently demonstrated an ability to build and lead successful teams and businesses in the international arena.

As President and CEO of FreeBalance, Manuel leads global growth strategies focused on advancing the company’s objectives and promoting revenue, profitability and growth. Manuel has transformed the firm into acustomer-centric and socially responsible company increasing its footprint to 25 countries worldwide. He is responsible for ensuring that the FreeBalance fulfills its mission to help governments across the world leverage robust financial management technology to accelerate country growth.

Manuel is a recipient of the Next Generation Executive of the Year Award sponsored by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) and in 2009 he led the company to win the prestigious Canada Export Achievement Award. FreeBalance was also recently recognized by as We’re pleased to have been recognized by with an international award for having one of the world’s most innovative solutions for management in the public sector.

As Chairman on the Happiness Foundation, Manuel spearheads the efforts to explore public policy innovation and wellbeing economics through a new perspective. Social and cultural values differ among countries and within countries, and growth and GDP focus often disconnects policy from citizen aspirations. The evolving science of happiness brings a new dimension to government policy and civic prosperity.

As Founding Chairman of the Board Endeavor Portugal, Manuel reinforces Endeavor’s mission to support high-impact entrepreneurs so that they can build thriving companies that employ thousands of people, generate billions in wages, and inspire countless others as role models. Together, these entrepreneurs hold the key to sustained economic growth in every part of the world.

Manuel has held executive positions on the boards of several international companies and actively participated in the venture capital space. He has participated in several successful IPO’s in North America, Europe and South Africa.



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