Hugo André Costa, born and raised in the north of Portugal, has a background in physics by Minho University. His love for space took him to Strasbourg to study a Master in Space Studies at the International Space University and later an MBA at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. He worked at the FCT Space Office as Portuguese representative at ESA, in the space industry both in Space and Ground Segment in Spain and Germany. Before accepting this new challenge, he worked at EUMETSAT in the Copernicus Programme Office. Now serves on the Executive Board of the Portuguese Space Agency. Now back in Portugal he hopes to surf more often and, when possible to participate in sprint triathlons.