Ms. Margarida Marques
Designation: Secretary of State for European Affairs
Award Name:Women of the Decade in Public Life
Margarida Marques was born in Bombarral, in 1954. She has a Master in Science Education – Education and Development, from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Nova University of Lisbon (1991). She has a degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the Faculty of Science – University of Lisbon (1976). She was elected Member of the National Parliament (XIII Legislature) on 4th October 2015 and member of the III Legislature in the National Parliament (1983/1985). She was an European Commission official (1994/2015), holding positions in the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) and the Directorate General for Communication (DG COMM). She was Head of the European Commission Representation in Portugal (2005/2011). She was Deputy Director of the Technological, Artistic and Professional Education Office of the Ministry of Education (1988/1992), being responsible for the creation of professional schools. She was also a representative of the Ministry of Education in the Advisory Committee of the PETRA program in the European Commission and the National Apprenticeship Committee. She was an official of the Ministry of Education (1985/1994) and the Ministry of Transports (1976/1983). She was visiting Professor at the Autónoma University (1983/1989), the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Nova University of Lisbon (1989/1994) and ISCTE / IUL (2004/2011). She was a member of the National Council of Education (2000/2002) and member of the Advisory Board for Equality (1986/1992). She was a member of the General Council of ISCTE / IUL (2009/2015) and its Vice President (2012/2015). She was founder of JS (Youth Socialists) and its secretary-general (1981/1984).