José Maria Albuquerque is currently Member of the Executive Board (VP) of the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA, IP), Ministry of Health (MH), Portugal. He is in charge of the R&D&I management of the Institute; coordinates the institutional quality programme, the Institute’s laboratorial certification and accreditation policy, as well as the scholarship programme. He co-heads the WHO Collaborating Center for Nutrition and Childhood Obesity at INSA, IP. From March 2007 to June 2010, he was Deputy High Commissioner for Health, Ministry of Health, Portugal. During this term he represented the MH internationally (EU, WHO, ECOSOC, EUROMED, PT Council Presidency, etc.) and held Ministerial appointments to the High Level Group on health services and medical care on two working groups: European reference networks and Health impact assessment and health systems, UE 2007-2010. He was National Focal Point and member of the drafting group of the Tallinn Charter: Health Systems for Health and Wealth, WHO, June 2008. Moreover, he has served as temporary Advisor for the WHO regional office for Europe technical meetings on Health Systems Action to address socially determined health inequalities (meetings in Germany and the U.K in 2008 and 2010); join EC and WHO/Euro Health Equity Project (2010).
Prior to this appointment, he was advisor to the R&D directorate of the Institute of Welding and Quality, Portugal (2010-14;2006 ) and senior researcher (2001-2005), where he implemented the R&D strategy for the Research Unit funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation and coordinated national and European Union (CECA, RFCS, 5th, 6th, 7th FWP) scientific and technological projects, namely in the fields of biomaterials and devices, as well as regulation and safety addressing the health impact of nanoscience and nanotechnologies (e.g.EU funded NanoReg and Premiss projects). He was a Member of the Steering Committee of the European Technology Platform on Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies (EuMaT) (2010-12), co-authoring its current Strategic Research Agenda.
In 2005 he was appointed advisor to the Minister of Economy and Innovation, co-authoring the National Technological Plan of the XVII Constitutional Government and represented the Ministry of Economy in the Lisbon Strategy Coordinating Unit (2005), contributing to the National Reform Program 2005/2008 (PNR) and the European Council Broad Integrated Economic Policy Guidelines.
He is a Senior (coordinator) researcher at CICS (Interdisciplinary center for social studies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa,) mainly in the field of technology impact assessment (http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6515-296X) and was recently elected member of the National Board of the College of Materials Engineering, (2016-2019) Portuguese Engineering Society (member of Regional Board of the College 2010-2013 and 2013-2016).
He holds a Post-Graduation, Health Sector Senior Management Programme, from the AESE Business School (affiliated with IESE) December 2011 and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, U.S.A., 1998). He is a member in good standing of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Portuguese Physics Society, the Portuguese Materials Society, the Portuguese Association for Health Economics and member of the Portuguese Association for Quality in Health.