Carlos Moedas

Carlos Moedas
European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
Assumed office
1 November 2014
President Jean-Claude Juncker
Preceded by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
(Research, Innovation and Science)
Personal details
Born Carlos Manuel Félix Moedas
(1970-08-10) 10 August 1970
Beja, Portugal
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Lisbon
Harvard University

Carlos Manuel Félix Moedas (Beja, Portugal, 10 August 1970) is a Portuguese civil engineer, economist and politician. Between 2011 and 2014 he was appointed as Under-Secretary of State in the XIX Constitutional Government of Portugal.

On 10 September 2014, Juncker accepted the Portuguese Government's nomination of Moedas as European Commissioner, and appointed him to the portfolio of Research, Science and Innovation,[1] taking office on 1 November.


Early life

Moedas was born to a communist journalist and a seamstress[2] at Beja, Alentejo, southern Portugal, in 1970. He studied at Lisbon University, graduating in 1993 with a degree in Civil Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico. He spent his final year studying at the ENPC (Paris) via the Erasmus Programme; he was one of the first Portuguese students to undertake an Erasmus exchange.[3]

Professional career

After leaving university, Moedas worked as a project manager for the Suez Group in France between 1993 and 1998. He then took postgraduate studies at Harvard Business School, graduating in 2000 with the degree of MBA,[4] after which he came back to Europe to work in mergers and acquisitions for Goldman Sachs. He then worked at Eurohypo Investment Bank in its Real Estate Investment Banking Division, before returning, in August 2004, to Portugal, when Moedas joined the real estate consulting company Aguirre Newman Portugal[5] becoming Managing Partner until 2008, when he set up his own investment management company, Crimson Investment Management.[6]

Political career

Following the Eurozone crisis, Moedas was appointed coordinator of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Economic Research Unit. He and Eduardo Catroga led PSD negotiations in the run-up to Portugal's 2011 State Budget, following which he was selected by PSD to contest the Beja constituency in the legislative elections held on the 5th of June 2011.

Moedas was elected to Parliament, becoming the first PSD Member of Parliament for that district since 1995.[7] The day after entering Parliament, on the 21st of June 2011, the Prime Minister appointed him to his Cabinet in the XIX Constitutional Government as Under-Secretary of State.[8]

Moedas oversaw EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), the agency created to monitor and control the implementation of the structural reforms agreed in the context of the assistance programme by a troika composed of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.[9]

In 2014, Pedro Passos Coelho, Prime Minister of Portugal, nominated him as European Commissioner,[10] and Moedas' name was approved by EC President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on 1 September. On 1 November 2014, Moedas became European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

Honours and awards

  • Member of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering (2014)
  • Commander of the Spanish Order of Civil Merit by the King Felipe VI of Spain (2015)
  • Honorary Doctorate in Laws by the University of Cork (2016) [11]


See also


  1. European Commission (2014-09-10). "The Juncker Commission: A strong and experienced team standing for change" (Press release).
  2. Nicholas Hirst (February 3, 2015), Carlos Moedas: Convincing investor Politico Europe.
  3. Nicholas Hirst (February 3, 2015), Carlos Moedas: Convincing investor Politico Europe.
  4. Biography in the Centre for European Studies
  6. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-07-16.,Vida Imobiliária, April 2009 (in Portuguese)
  7. "Carlos Moedas" Archived September 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Diário de Notícias, 27 junho 2011 (in Portuguese)
  8. Profile of Carlos Moedas on the Portuguese Government Website
  9. "Portugal presses on with reforms". Financial Times. February 1, 2012.
  10. "Passos indica Carlos Moedas para comissário europeu - Politica - DN:".
  11. University College Cork, "EU Commissioner honoured by UCC", Honorary Doctorate in Laws by the University of Cork (2016), 04 November 2016
Political offices
Preceded by
José Manuel Barroso
Portuguese European Commissioner
Preceded by
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
as European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
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