COMMISSIONER FOR INNOVATION, RESEARCH, CULTURE, EDUCATION AND YOUTH
Mariya Gabriel is serving her second mandate as a European Commissioner. Her first Portfolio responsibility was for Digital Economy and Society (2017-2019). In the current college of Commissioners she will guide all EU policies relating to Horizon Europe, innovation and research, the Erasmus programme, education, culture and sport.
She is one of the 50 most influential women in Europe in the field of cybersecurity. Mariya Gabriel has been honored with numerous awards. Among them is the award “Women of Influence 2018” in the category “Talent in Politics”, the most prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for highest achievements for women, the Beaumarchais Medal for her contribution to the protection of the interests of European artists. The Honorary Committee of USA-Central European Women in Business Summit awarded her the 2019 award for her series of initiatives to promote greater participation of women in the digital sector and recognition of their role in the development of the digital society and economy.
Mariya Gabriel holds a Masters in Comparative Politics and International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux. From 2004 to 2008, Mariya Gabriel was a temporary teaching and research assistant at the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux. Her teaching focused in particular on the decision-making process of the European Union, political sociology and international relations.