Nadia Calviño has been First Deputy Prime Minister of Spain and Minister for Economy and Digitalization since July 2021. Prior to that, she was Second Vice-President and Minister for Economy and Digitalization (March-July 2021), Third Vice-President and Minister for Economy and Digitalization (2020-2021) and Minister for Economy and Business (2018-2020).
From 2014 to 2018, she was the Director General in charge of the Budget within the European Commission. Previously, she held other senior management positions in the European Commission: Deputy Director General with a special responsibility for Financial Services and Deputy Director General in the Directorate General for Competition with special responsibility for Mergers and Antitrust (including cartels).
Before joining the European Commission in September 2006, Ms Calviño was a civil servant in the Ministry for Economy in Spain. She held different positions in the areas of foreign trade, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, economic policy and competition.
Nadia Calviño published a large number of articles and awarded the Master of Digital Award (2021), the “Fernández Latorre” Journalism Prize (2020), the 2012 Women's Leadership Awards by the Aliter Business School and the 2007 Public Sector Lawyer of the Year by the Iberian Lawyer magazine.
She holds a degree in Economics (1991) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and a degree in Law (2001) from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).
Mário Campolargo was born in Gafanha de Aquém, Ìlhavo in 1956. He 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 Ecole Solvay of Brussels Free University (1992) and a diploma in European Studies from Cat6lica University in Lovaina-a-Nova (1995).
He was a researcher at the Telecommunication Studies Centre (Aveiro) for 12 years and headed the Software Engineering division. 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, and was charged with several R&D portfolios,
focusing especially on implementing global e-Science infrastructures.
In 2008, as Director of "Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures at DG CONNECT, he was in charge of the Future and Emerging Technologies area, ICTbased Infrastructures for Science, Cybersecurity, and experimental research for the Internet of the Future.
In 2012, he headed the "Net Futures" department at DG CONNECT, focusing especially on the field of the Internet of the Future, including SG, Cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IOT), Smart Cities and corporate innovation insitiaties, such as Startup Europe.
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.
He also led European initiatives in the field of Interoperability (including the COVID digital certificate) and the Modernisation of European Public Administration.