Carolina Rego Costa

Portugal Space

Carolina was born in São Miguel, Azores. Married and with 3 children, she graduated in the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon and began her career as a public law lawyer in PLMJ – Sociedade de Advogados. For the last 15 years she has been engaged in the field of Science & Technology and Higher Education as legal adviser of the Minister for S&T and HE of the XVII, XVIII Governments, legal adviser of the Secretary of State for Basic and Secondary Education of the XIX Government and head of Cabinet and legal adviser of the Minister for S&T and HE of the XXI Government. As a civil servant at Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia I.P.  Carolina was legal adviser of the Board. She was Portugal´s representative at the INL Council and INL Finance Committee.

She is the legal adviser of the Portuguese Space Agency and delegate to the Administrative and Finance Committee of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Portugal Space – Portuguese Space Agency

  • Legal Officer. Lisbon, Portugal. October 2019 – present. 

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P.

  • Legal adviser of the Board of Directors. October 2012 to November 2015.
  • Civil servant since February 2010

Cabinet of the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education

  • Head of Cabinet of the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education and Legal Officer in the Cabinet, Lisbon, Portugal. November 2015 – October 2019.

Independent Legal Advisor. 2011-2019.

Focus on Urbanism, Territory Planning, Constitutional Rights and Administrative Rights.

Ministry of Science and Education

  • Legal advisor to the Secretary of State on Basic and Secondary Education August 2011- October 2012

Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education

  • Legal advisor to the Minister and Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education – April 2005 – June 2011.
  • Member of the Council of INL – Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory 

PLMJ – A.M. Pereira, Sáragga Leal, Oliveira Martins, Júdice & Associados, Law Firm 

  • Lawyer, Department of Urbanism, Territory and Environment. July 2002 – April 2005.

Trainee lawyer, 2000-2002.