Maria João Rodrigues was a Member of the European Parliament and Vice-President of the S&D Group (2014-19). She has been President of FEPS – European Foundation of Progressive Studies since 2017. She served as Minister of Employment in Portugal, and has occupied several posts as policy maker in the European Institutions since 2000. She was professor of European economic policies in the European Studies Institute – Université Libre de Bruxelles and in the Lisbon University Institute. Maria João Rodrigues was also the chair of the European Commission Advisory Board for socio-economic sciences. She is author of more than one hundred publications.