He attended the Military College and graduated in Economics and Business Management at Instituto Universitário de Évora (ISESE) and in International Marketing and Foreign Trade at Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil.
Pedro Cudell began his professional activity in 1972, in Lisbon, at Banco Totta e Açores. In January 1974 he moved to Angola to join Banco Totta Standard de Angola, and then to São Paulo, Brazil, in August 1975, where he joined the International Directorate of Banco Comércio e Indústria do Estado from Sao Paulo, as manager of the Foreign trade division. He later worked at Comind Interconsult, an investment bank held 50% by the N.M. Rothshild & Sons group.
From January 1981, he opened and represented the Bank of the State of São Paulo (BANESPA) in Lisbon, and he was General Manager of BANESPA in Bahrain and Madrid. In 1988 he assumed the position of General Manager of the União de Bancos Portugueses in Luxembourg. From 1989 until 2014, Pedro Cudell was connected to the Espírito Santo Group, first in Paris, as director and General Manager of Banque Espírito Santo et de la Venetie, then in Lisbon as Advisor to the Board of Directors of Banco Espírito Santo (BES) and responsible for the creation and development of the Corporate International Department.
From 2007 on wards, he holds the position of General Manager of Banco Espírito Santo SFE Cabo Verde, and from 2010 on as the first President of Banco Espírito Santo Cabo Verde.
Between 2007 and 2012, he is representing Banco Espírito Santo, CGD and BCP, and he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Portuguese Consortium of Airports ASTERION, which supported the privatization of ANA and the construction of the new Lisbon airport (NAL) in Alcochete.
Between 2007 and 2019, Pedro Cudell was a Member of the Board of Directors, and non-executive Director of SOFID - Sociedade Financeira para o Desenvolvimento , remaining connected and this company as a member of the Strategic Council.
In 2012, he was one of the founders of the Portugal-Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which he chaired until 2017. He currently holds the vice-chairmanship of the Portugal-Cote d'Ivoire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of which he was also one of the founders in 2017.
He has been a partner of the Portuguese Institute of Corporate Governance since 2016, and member of the Strategic Council of CIP for Economic Cooperation, Development since 2019.
He is honorary consul of the Republic of Northern Macedonia to Portugal.
In June 1999 he was decorated by the then President of the Republic, Jorge Sampaio, with the degree of Commander of the Order of National Merit.
In 2006 he was honored by the Sovereign Order of Malta as Commander Pro Merito Melitensi.