Francesca Bria is an Innovation Economist and Digital Policy Expert. She is Honorary Professor in the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL in London, a member of the European Commission New European Bauhaus High-level Roundtable set up by the President of the European Commission, and former President of the Italian National Innovation Fund, CDP Venture Capital. She is also a member of the European Commission High level Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (ESIR). Francesca Bria is leading the DECODE project on data sovereignty in Europe, she is a Senior Adviser to the United Nations (UN-Habitat) on digital cities and digital rights and she is the former Chief Digital Technology and Innovation Officer for the City of Barcelona in Spain
Miguel Díez Blanco is the Project Lead of the Open Source Programme Office (OSPO) at the European Commission, which is responsible for the execution of all activities outlined in the EC Open Source Strategy. Amongst others, the OSPO provides guidance in open source related matters, promotes inner source and open source initiatives within European Commission and keeps the institution connected to the open source ecosystem. Miguel has almost 20 years of professional experience ranging from software development projects to infrastructure and operations activities. During the last 11 years he has been working for the European Institutions. Miguel holds an MSc in Informatics Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and an MBA at HEC Paris School of Management.