Pedro Tavares

Pedro Tavares

Portuguese Secretary of State for Justice

In April 2022, Pedro Tavares was appointed the Portuguese Secretary of State for Justice. Previously, he worked as General Coordinator at eBUPi - Simplified Land Digital Registry Mission Unit, the Portuguese public agency responsible for the expansion of a new cadastre and registry initiative using a digital approach (Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Environment). BUPi won several projects, namely Cities and Territories of the Future by the Portuguese Association for the Development of Communications (APDC); Best Digital Transformation Association for the Promotion and Development of the Information Society of Portugal (APDSI); Apolitical Global Public Service Team of the Year - Runner-Up; and has garnered an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) innovation best practice mention.

From 2015 to 2020, he served as a senior advisor for the cabinets of the Portuguese Minister of Justice and of the Secretary of State for Justice, where he managed different innovation and transformative projects and policies, including a Justice Innovation Lab, transparency and participation projects, or new digital citizen-centric services. He acted as the Ministry’s contact point for the OECD report on Justice Innovation in Portugal and for several international projects with the European Commission.

In the public sector, Pedro has worked on innovation projects such as the new concept for the citizens’ one-stop shops (Lojas de Cidadão), or the Citizens’ Portal. He has held different positions focusing on digital transformation and innovation, including roles managing digital services, communication, transparency and participation initiatives.

Pedro also worked in the private sector as marketing & innovation director at different IT companies, including Vision-Box, PHC Software and Inetum.

Additionally, he has been a digital marketing & communications trainer at INA and Lisbon Digital School, and a guest lecturer at Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Instituto Politécnico de Santarém.

Pedro holds a master’s degree in Digital by Universidade Nova de Lisboa, a post-graduation in Business Administration by ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management, a BA in Communication Studies by Universidade Nova de Lisboa and an advanced course in Digital Innovation by The University of Chicago.