Mr. Pedro Miguel Santos de Sampaio Nunes
EUREKA welcomed on February 4, 2013 its new director, Pedro de Sampaio Nunes.
In his first statement, the Secretariat’s new director made clear his ambitions for EUREKA:
“This organisation’s full potential still needs to be unleashed. Many people ignore the achievements of EUREKA in terms of investment – 30 billion euros in 27 years – or in its many concrete results, from gsm and mp3 technologies through to innovative energy and environmental technologies.”
Mr. Nunes has a long term experience in the European Commission. He has worked as the director of many R&D programmes in the field of energy and information technology until he moved to the Portuguese Government as Secretary of State for Science and Innovation.
With his extensive international experience, de Sampaio Nunes is well-placed to steer the Secretariat and advise its Network at this critical time where austerity measures must be carefully balanced with greater public support for innovation, to maintain Europe’s position in an increasingly competitive global market.