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The head of the Information Society Department, Ana Neves, was distinguished by CIONET - the largest community of Information Technology executives in Europe - as European Digital Leader of the Year. For the award, which rewards the work done by CIOs to achieve their institutions' objectives, 23 names from 8 countries were nominated.
The Information Society Department of the Foundation for Science and Technology was created in 2012, when FCT and UMIC - Knowledge Society Agency merged. It supports the implementation of INCoDe 2030 - an integrated public policy action dedicated to strengthening digital skills, coordinates the Safe Internet Centre, responsible for the Alert line and the Safe Internet line, manages the Access Unit, which aims to enhance digital accessibility for all, and supports policies for the implementation of Open Access in Science, with the goal that knowledge funded by all is for the benefit of all.
Ana Neves is the second Portuguese to be distinguished in 8 editions of the CIO of The Year award. Nuno Miller, former CIO of Farfetch, was the first to bring the award to Portugal, in 2014. In 2018, Stefan Würtemberger, Digital Director of RENZ GmbH, Germany, was also distinguished in the European Digital Innovator of the Year category; Jaime Sanz García, IT Director of Correos, Spain, in the European CIO of the Year, Public Sector category; Emiliano Sorrenti, Chief Information Officer of Aeroporti di Roma, Italy, in the European CIO of the Year, Regional Responsibility category; and Bouke Hoving, Executive VP of Networks and IT, KPN, Netherlands, in the European CIO of the Year, Global Responsibility category.