Barcelona City Council
Francesca Bria is a senior researcher and adviser on information technology and policies. She holds a Ph.D. in Innovation Economics from Imperial College London and a master’s degree in Digital Economics from Birbeck University in London. As senior manager of the program at Nesta, the UK innovation agency, she has led the D-CENT project of the European Union (EU), the largest European project on direct democracy and digital currency. She has also directed the DSI project on digital social innovation in Europe, advising the EU on digital social innovation policies. She has taught at several universities in the United Kingdom and Italy and has advised governments, public and private organizations, as well as social movements on technology, information policies and their socio-economic impact.
Francesca Bria is an adviser to the European Commission on the future of the internet and innovation policies. She is currently the Commissioner of Technology and Digital Innovation at the Barcelona City Council.