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Ana Neves

Ministry of Education and Science, Portugal
Director, Department of the Information Society, FCT

Ms. Ana Neves serves as Director of the Department of Information Society at the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT) in Portugal since 1st of March 2012, following the merging of the “Knowledge Society Agency–UMIC”, where she served as Head of International Affairs from 1st September 2008 until 29th February 2012. The FCT is currently the public entity in Portugal with the mission of coordinating the Information Society Policy in Portugal.

She is the Portuguese delegate in several working parties related to Information Society and Research areas in the European Union, OECD, United Nations (UN), ITU and GAC at ICANN. In 2011 was voted to be a member of the UN multistakeholder CSTD WG on Improvements to the IGF.  She participates in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on behalf of the Portuguese Government and is currently one of the members to the Multistakeholder Advisory Group to the Secretary-General of the UN, in her personal capacity.

She was also co-organizer of EuroDIG in 2013 (European Initiative of the IGF) and is a co-organizer of the Portuguese Initiative of the IGF. From 2002-2008 she was the Senior Counselor responsible for Science and Technology, Space, Information Society and Education Unit at the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the European Union in Brussels. During that time, she negotiated the European Union’s 6th and the 7th Framework-Programmes for Research, Technology and Development and the European Action Plan for Space. She also negotiated the first Action Plan for the Information Society in Europe – the eEurope 2002, the eEurope 2005, the Initiative i2010–European Information Society 2010 and she is now fully engaged in A Digital Agenda for Europe.


From 1997-2002 she was Advisor on International Affairs to the Minister of Science and Technology in Portugal.


Ms. Neves joined the Public Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September 1991, at the Research, Technology and Industry Directorate. She is currently completing her PhD Thesis in European Studies – Public Policies at the Universidade Católica in Lisbon. Her thesis is on European Union and the governance of global resources – case study of Internet Governance. She holds a MSc. in International Economics from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, a post-graduation in Economics and Management from ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, a post-graduation in European Studies – Economics from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a University Degree in History from the Universidade de Lisboa, in 1989.