Emanuel was elected as the first CEO of SIGA on 31 January 2018 after having spearheaded the inception and development of SIGA since November 2015, as Coordinator.
Having commenced his career as a lawyer in 1993, he played a leading role in several national and international sports organisations. After six years as Secretary General of the Portuguese Football League, he co-founded and led the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) as CEO for a decade. He was also one of the driving forces behind the creation of the World League Association, having been elected its CEO on February 2012.
From 2002 to 2014, Emanuel integrated several Committees and Working Groups within both UEFA and FIFA, including but not limited to the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Board, the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council and the UEFA Professional Football Committee, as well as the FIFA Club Football Committee, FIFA Task Force “For the Good of the Game” and Working Groups on International Match Calendar and on Regulatory Reform on Sports Agents , among others.
Emanuel played a key role in the creation of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC), in 2007, a global forum of over 50 international and national sports bodies and competition organisers, with a particular focus on rights issues.
On 1st of July 2008, Emanuel co-founded the European Social Dialogue in the professional football sector under the auspices of the European Commission, and led the employers’ delegation on behalf of the EPFL until March 2014.
Emanuel also holds a seat at the European Union’s Expert Group on Good Governance in Sport, since 2011, and, on March 2012, was appointed Ambassador for Sports Ethics by the Government of Portugal.
In June 2014, Emanuel was appointed CEO of ICSS EUROPE, currently ICSS INSIGHT.
In addition, Emanuel is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum / PACI’s Advisory Committee, the Consultative Committee of EPAS/Council of Europe and the OECD’s Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade.”