Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport. Under her leadership, the new Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, and the cultural strand of Creative Europe programmes (2021-2027) will be defined and implemented.
Her main priorities are excellence in research, innovation and education (ERA, EEA, EIA); tackling the R&I divide in Europe; Europe as a leader in strategic innovation areas through the digital and green transition, with a particular attention for young people and regions. “No one left behind” and “Think out of the box” are her mottos.
Between 2017 and 2019, Mariya Gabriel was European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She proposed the new Digital Europe programme, worked on EU Strategy on AI, disinformation online, cybersecurity and launched the EuroHPC strategy. She has extensively engaged with external EU partners to enhance digital cooperation, in particular with the Western Balkans and Africa.
She was elected as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 2009, 2014 and 2019. Mariya Gabriel is First Vice-President of the European People's Party (EPP), and, since 2012, Vice-President of EPP Women.
Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth
As EY EMEIA Area Managing Partner, Julie leads a geographic area comprising member firms with more than 115,000 people across 97 countries and representing combined revenues of US$14.1b. In this role she is responsible for international tax advice, auditing, advising large clients and accompanying business transformations.
With nearly three decades of experience in professional services for international clients, her focus is on transformation processes, in particular on the challenges of digital transformation, and is committed to the sustainable development of capital markets and their framework conditions. Julie has served as lead partner for several Fortune 500 clients.
Previously, she led one of the largest EY regions in EMEIA: Germany, Switzerland and Austria, where she led business transformation efforts within EY and with member firms’ clients, as well as several major acquisitions.
Carlos Moedas has been Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science in 2014-19. Prior to that, Mr Moedas has worked as Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal from 2011 until 2014 and Member of the Portuguese Parliament in 2011.
From 2010 until 2011 he worked as Senior Economic Advisor of the Portuguese Social Democratic Party (PSD). In 2008 he founded the Crimson Investment Management and worked as Managing Director and Member of the Executive Committee Board of Aguirre Newman from 2004 until 2008.
From 2002 until 2004 he worked as Consultant on mergers and acquisitions, Deutsche Bank and Eurohypo Investment Bank and he was Investment Banking Associate at Goldman Sachs from 2000 until 2002.
From 1993 until 1998 he worked as Engineer and Project Manager at Suez Group. Mr Moedas is of Portuguese Nationality. He earned a Degree in civil engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa, Portugal, and an MBA at the Harvard Business School, US.