João de Deus Pinheiro is a member of the European Parliament and the Vice-President of the European People’s Party – European Democrats group. In 1992 he was President of the European Union Council of Ministers and European Commissioner between 1993 an 2000. João de Deus Pinheiro was Minister of Education and Culture (1986-87), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1987-1992) and Head of the mission for the reform of the public administration sector (2003-04). He was also Rector of the University of Minho and of University Moderna. Relating to the business sector, he was Administrator of Galp and Vice-President of the board of Lusomundo Media (2003-05). João de Deus Pinheiro was distinguished with several national awards.