Vítor Gaspar was an adviser to the Bank of Portugal since February 2010, having been from 2007 Director-General at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (ERI) with the President of the European Commission.
Previously he was Director-General for Research at the European Central Bank for six years. He is currently the Portuguese Finance Minister since 21 June 2011.
Gaspar was awarded a degree in economics by the Faculdade de Ciências Humanas of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 1982, and has a doctorate in economics by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, awarded in 1988. He is married and has three daughters.