Q&A with Fatima Barros
Fatima Barros, chair of Portugal’s regulator, Anacom, and also BEREC
Q: WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?
A: I’m a professor of economics and have been in academia for most of my career until now. But for ten years I was the dean of the Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics, which gave me different responsibilities from just being an academic. Competition among international business schools is very fierce and my school reached number 25 in the Financial Times ranking, which was a great achievement.
Q: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR RESEARCH WORK?
A: Much of my research has been in competition regulation, working across different industrial sectors, on areas such as where private companies compete with public ones, say when some firms are privatised but others remain in state hands, and how a state-owned company can change outcomes in the market. I also worked a lot on contracts. The main challenge for an academic economist in moving to telecoms regulation is understanding the various technologies involved.
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