Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Administrative Modernisation
Mário Campolargo (1956) graduated in Electrotechnical engineering from the University of Coimbra (1978), has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Imperial College of London (1983), a postgrad degree in Management from École Solvay of Brussels Free University (1992) and a diploma in European Studies from UCLouvain (1995). He was the Portuguese representative at the International Telecommunication Unite and led several European projects. In 1990, he joined the senior staff at the European Commission and was manager and scientific lead of the RACE research into telecommunication programme. In 1999, he took on the role of Head of Unit of "GÉANT and e-Infrastructure" at the DG Information Society. In 2008, as Director of "Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures at DG CONNECT, he oversaw the Future and Emerging Technologies area, ICT-based Infrastructures for Science, Cybersecurity, and experimental research for the Internet of the Future. In 2012, he headed the "Net Futures" department at DG CONNECT. From 2016 to 2022 he was Deputy Director General and Director General of DIGIT (European Commission), in charge of the global strategic and operational coordination of the directorate-general, for the definition and implementation of the European Commission’s Digital Strategy, and the transition of the Commission’s services to working from home during the pandemic, focusing particularly on creating a digital culture and cybersecurity issues.