In this episode I had the privilege of sitting down with Gonçalo Carriço, Head of Digital Public Policy at Santander Group. From his naval background to his pivotal roles in both private and public sectors, Gonçalo sheds light on the intricate dynamics of digital public policy, the EU political landscape, and much more. Don’t miss his insights on leadership, networking in the EU Bubble, and the future of AI.
Gonçalo’s journey from serving in the Portuguese Navy for over 8 years to transitioning to the political sector provides him with a unique lens. He shares how the discipline, leadership, and problem-solving skills from his naval days continue to shape his approach, especially in the ever-evolving digital policy space. Starting his career in the ‘EU Bubble’ was an exciting time for Gonçalo. The landscape was brimming with opportunities, challenges, and most importantly, lessons. Drawing from his rich experience, he sheds light on the current pressing issues facing the digital policy landscape in the EU and the potential steps for their resolution.
One of the most thought-provoking segments was Gonçalo’s take on the common fear: “Will AI take our jobs?” His insights, backed by his vast experience, provide a balanced perspective on this hot topic, urging listeners to look at AI as an enhancer rather than a replacer.
Given the nature of his demanding job, Gonçalo shares his personal methods to disconnect, emphasizing the importance of work-life balance. Whether it’s through sports, spending time with family, or enjoying a comedy concert, he believes in the rejuvenation of the mind and body.
As the digital realm continues to expand, his insights serve as a beacon for those navigating this space.
Until the next episode, stay curious!
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