Pedro de Sampaio Nunes, Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of Portugal, has extensive international experience and a keen interest in collaborating across the globe on matters of science and technology, primarily for industrial application.

Trained as a civil engineer, Nunes was previously Portuguese Secretary of State for Science and Innovation. Using his expertise in this field, he was a European Commission Director, where he was responsible for several research and development programmes in the energy and information technology sectors. In his diverse career, Nunes also served as Deputy Director-General for the Secretariat for Portugal’s accession to the European Union, and in February last year was made Head of the EUREKA Secretariat.