Margarida Abecasis is a Portuguese ICT engineer specialised in telecommunications with a Master’s in electro technical Engineering and computers.
She started her career as a university teacher, moving afterwards to a telecommunications operator company to be involved in modernisation projects. From 1988, she worked as a project manager and a consultant in a software company in Brussels dealing with telecommunications solutions.
Administrator official at the European Commission since 1993, she had the opportunity to define and implement the first service level agreements for data transmission services, to manage IT projects supporting the modernisation of the decisional procedures of the Commission and inter-institutional exchanges. In 2006, she was nominated Head of Unit in DG Informatics responsible for ICT infrastructure services. She also chaired the inter-institutional sub-committee on telecommunications and networks (CII-TN).
In 2011, she took over the responsibility of the unit in charge of the ISA programme (Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations), with the main objective of facilitating the efficient and effective electronic cross-border and cross-sector interaction between European public administrations.