Sofia Colares Alves
Sofia Colares Alves is the Head of the European Commission Representation in Lisbon, Portugal, since July 2016. Previously, she was Head of Cabinet of the President of the Portuguese Competition Authority in Lisbon and Head of Unit at the European Commission, DG Competition, responsible for the coordination of the European Competition Network (ECN).
Her connection to the Commission – DG Competition (DG COMP) – began in March 2003, as an administrator. She first worked in the Transport Anti-Trust Unit, before moving to the Mergers Policy and Case Scrutiny Unit – a horizontal unit, responsible for providing upstream support to case-teams on legal and economic issues, while leading the formulation of DG Competition’s policy work in this area.
In March 2008, she was named Deputy Head of Unit in Mergers, Unit E4 – Basic Industries, Manufactured Goods and Agriculture, supervising a great number of DG COMP merger investigations in these sectors.
Sofia Colares Alves then spent three years as a member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Joaquín Almunia, where she advised in the areas of cartels, anti-trust and merger control in the Transport, Pharma, Agriculture & Food, and Manufacturing sectors, before becoming Head of Unit for the ECN, in March 2013.