Following recent parliamentary election in Portugal, Mr Mário Centeno was appointed Minister of Finance of the Portuguese Republic on November 26th 2015. He also becomes EIB Governor for the Portuguese Republic, succeeding Ms Maria Luís Albuquerque.
Born in Olhão in 1966, he graduated in Economics from ISEG-UTL in 1990 and has two Masters – the first one in Applied Mathematics from ISEG-UTL in 1993 and the second one in Economics from Harvard University, USA, in 1998. He also has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, finished in 2000.
Mr Centeno was deputy of the Assembly of Republic from October 2015 until his appointment as Minister of Finance. He is also a consultant of Portugal's Central Bank since 2014 and a Professor at ISEG, Universidade de Lisboa.
Mr Centeno has also worked as the assistant director of Banco de Portugal Economics’ Department between 2004 and 2013 and directed the Macroeconomics Statistics Development’s work group in the Superior Statistics Council between 2007 and 2013.
He was member of the Economic Policy Committee from the European Commission between 2004 and 2013.
From 2000 to 2004, Mr Centeno was an economist at Portugal's Central Bank and a member of the commission responsible for the White Book for Labour Relations in 2006 and 2007.