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Javier Hernández-Ros

Euroepan Commision
Acting Director. Data Directorate. DG CONNECT, Communication networks, Content and Technology.
Biography: Carried out Civil Engineering studies and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Joined the European Commission in 1986 and was involved in technology transfer and innovation policies.

From June 2002 to December 2010 he was Head of the "Access to Information" unit, promoting legal initiatives to support the development of the digital content industry, notably the "directive for re-use of public sector information". He was responsible for the e-Content and the Safer Internet programmes for the period 2002-2005.

In January 2011, he took over as Head of "Cultural Heritage and Technology Enhanced Learning" unit, responsible for research and innovation actions in the domains of Technology Enhanced learning, Digital Preservation and ICT for Access to Cultural Resources.  

In July 2012 the Directorate General underwent a reorganisation and he now heads the "Creativity" unit within the DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. It provides research and innovation funding for the creative and cultural industries and promotes policies for the digitisation and on-line accessibility of Europe's cultural heritage.

In 2014, he was selected by the EU Fellowship Committee to become a Fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. His semester at UNC lasted from January – May 2015 where he carried out a comparative analysis on open data policies between Europe and the US.

Following a further reorganisation of the Directorate General in July 2016 he was appointed Acting Director of the Data Directorate.