Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, City of Barcelona
Francesca Bria is the Commissioner of Digital Technology and Innovation for the city of Barcelona in Spain. She is Senior Advisor and Expert on Technology and Innovation policy. She has a PhD in Innovation Economics for Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the UK Innovation Agency, she has led the EU D-CENT project, the biggest European Project on direct democracy and digital currencies. She also led the DSI project on Digital Social Innovation in Europe, advising the EU on digital social innovation policies. She has been teaching in several universities in the UK and Italy and she has advised Governments, public and private organizations and movements on technology and innovation policy, and its socio-economic impact. Francesca Bria is an adviser for the European Commission on Future Internet and Innovation Policy and she is leading the DECODE project on data sovereignty in Europe.