Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth. She is responsible for important EU programmes as Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and Creative Europe. She was Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society from 2017 to 2019. Under her leadership, the Digital Single Market has become a reality. She has created the first pan European “Digital Europe” programme.
She has been elected to the European Parliament in 2009, 2014 and 2019.
Mariya Gabriel is a Vice-President of the European People’s Party, and since 2012 she has been a Vice-President of EPP Women.
She is one of the 50 most influential women in Europe in the field of cybersecurity. Mariya Gabriel has been awarded a number of prizes. Among them are the “Women of Influence 2018” award 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 presented her with 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 Master’s degree in Comparative Politics and International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux. From 2004 to 2008, she 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.