Diogo Pereira Dias Nunes

Diogo Pereira Dias Nunes
  • 27 years
  • Legal counsel, Philips International B.V., The Netherlands
  • Nationality: Portuguese
  • Year of graduation: 2011
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‘The international-mindedness of the program, with well-known and prestigious resident professors and guest lecturers, the fact that you work with students from virtually any place in the world, and especially the “theory meets practice” methodology exceeded my expectations of the program’.

Alumnus Diogo Pereira Dias Nunes about the program:




Can you describe what your current position involves?

I am working as a legal counsel for Philips and I support Philips Group Innovation. Among other things, I provide legal advice, draft contracts and negotiate in research and development projects and alliances. I come from Portugal and most of my work at Philips is done at an international level. In my current job, I provide advice in building up a legal framework to the development of new products and services. Besides that, I am also working on my promotion as an external PhD candidate at Tilburg University.

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Does your current job adhere to the expectations you had as a student?

If anything, it even positively exceeded the expectations I had as a student. As a Legal Counsel within Philips I am side by side with the business in their decision-making processes, and that is both breath-taking as much as a high responsibility. This closeness to the business side of things, and being able to understand the links between business decision-making and the legal solutions thereto was precisely what drove me to take an in-house lawyer position at a multinational company such as Philips.

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How do you use the knowledge gained at Tilburg University in your job?

In Tilburg University, there is a particular approach to theory and practice. During my bachelor studies in Lisbon, I learned the civil code by heart. However, knowing the law by heart does not teach you everything you need to know in order to be a good lawyer. It is merely the basis of your expertise as a lawyer, surely not the end of it. When I started working as a trainee lawyer in Lisbon, I did not possess the knowledge nor the experience on how to draft a simple contract, purely because you are not taught how to apply the learned legal theory in practice. Tilburg University is different in that respect. There, next to the legal theory, you are also taught how to apply it in the practice. This will give you a great advantage in job interviews compared to your peers from other universities. My preparation at Tilburg University was determinant in getting my current job at Philips.

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What surprised you about the master at Tilburg University?

The international-mindedness of the program, with well-known and prestigious resident professors and guest lecturers teaching you courses, the fact that you work with students from virtually any place in the world, and especially the “theory meets practice” methodology. At Tilburg University, next to the legal theory, you are also taught how to apply it in practice. On numerous occasions I heard about people who were going on job interviews, and the lawyers and/or partners asked them to draft certain legal documents, such as an investment term sheet. In these situations, Tilburg University students always knew what to do, and this gives them a competitive edge over their peers from other universities. I would also say that my preparation at Tilburg University was determinant in getting my current job at Philips.

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During your studies, did you also participate in extracurricular activities? If yes, how did these activities contribute to your personal development?

I did an internship at Philips during the second semester of my masters. I definitely recommend it to any student to do as much internships as possible during their studies. Through them, students acquire knowledge of what they like and dislike on prospective career paths, but they also acquire valuable work experience, which is a “must” in the current labor market for the legal profession. Besides, a student that has taken different internships shows commitment, devotion and pro-activeness in their CV. Back to top

What is your ambition? Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

First of all, I would like to complete my PhD in law, together with continuing my development as an in-house lawyer at Philips. After that, the sky is the limit. There are many things I could see myself doing in the very long term. One of these things could be, for instance, following a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in the long term. Related herewith, I would also find attractive to pursue some experience in the field of New Business Development. Basically I would then do what my clients are doing right now: coming up with new ideas and product propositions for the market. I do also have managerial and entrepreneurial ambitions; these could also be possibilities for the future.

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Do you have any advice for current students?

Planning your career in an early stage gives you a higher chance that you will succeed in the future, because you will be able to channel your resources, capabilities and your best efforts to the goals you have defined for yourself. Make sure you get to know yourself and your capacities.

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Do you have any advice for current students?

It is very important to "find" yourself. If you are not sure what exactly is that you want to do, don't be afraid to experiment. All these experiences will be valuable, regardless of whether you eventually choose to pursue a career in that particular field. I learned this from my own example and I do not regret it for a moment.

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