Ana Paula Vitorino is a graduate in Civil Engineering, specialising in urban development and transports, (1986) and has a Masters in Transports, (1992) by Instituto Superior Técnico.
She has published several articles in scientific and technical journals on matters regarding transport, infrastructure, logistics and maritime economy. Between 1989 and 1990 she was invited as Assistant Professor to teach a wide range of disciplines in the Instituto Superior Técnico, subjects such as urban planning, transports, roads and systems, Department of Civil Engineering, architecture and Earth resources.
She was a partner in TransNetWork Consultancy, which provides services in Portugal, Africa and Latin America since 2011. Between 2010 and 2012, she was a non-executive Board Member of the Hydroelectric of Cahora Bassa, S.A..
She was Secretary of State for Transports in the XVII Constitutional Government, between 2005 and 2009.
She is a member of the Portuguese National Assembly since 2009.