André de Aragão Azevedo
Secretary of State for Digital Transition, for the Portuguese Ministry
Born in Lisbon in 1972, André de Aragão Azevedo graduated in Law from the University of Lisbon. He is married and has three children.
He travelled to Macau in 1995 where he worked as a Lawyer and Legal Adviser, supporting the transition of Macau from Portuguese to Chinese Administration process. In 2005, when returned to Portugal, André Azevedo worked in the National Parliament, as advisor to the Constitutional Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Ethics Commissions.
Between 2008 and 2011, he joined the Ministry of Health as the Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for Health.
In 2012, André Azevedo joined Microsoft Portugal, with commercial management functions in the Public Sector and, in 2017, he became an administrator with the responsibility of promoting the use of technology as a factor for transforming national companies and organizations. He was in charge of coordinating the technological training plan for the ecosystem of Startups and research centres based on cloud services, as well as the digital training of citizens and professionals throughout their life cycle.
Since 2019, he is Secretary of State for Digital Transition, in the Ministry led by Pedro Siza Vieira, with the main challenge of digitizing the Portuguese economy.
In March 2020, even before the Covid19 Pandemic crisis, he presented the Action Plan for Digital Transition, a document focused on the objectives outlined for the legislature, with 12 emblematic measures that aim to project the country in the world without leaving anyone behind, through the digital empowerment of people, the digital transformation of companies and the digitalization of the State.