Francesca Bria

There is no digital revolution without a democratic revolution

I am an innovation economist and digital policy expert, working at the intersection of technology, geopolitics, economics and society. I am the President of the Italian national innovation Fund, and I sit on the Board of RAI, the Italian public broadcasting company. I am Honorary Professor in the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL in London and I am part of the High-level Roundtable for the New European Bauhaus set up by the EC President Ursula von der Leyen.

I have been advising the United Nations on Digital Cities and Digital Rights and I am the former CTO of the City of Barcelona. I have leading big European Research and Innovation projects related to digital sovereignty, digital democracy and crypto platforms. Forbes Magazine included me in the Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018.

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About me

I am an innovation economist, working at the intersection of technology policy, society and the Arts. I am currently the Digital Commissioner for the City of Barcelona, and I lead DECODE, the biggest project on data sovereignty in Europe. I am also Visiting Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. As Senior Programme Lead at innovation foundation Nesta, I led D-CENT, the largest European experiment on digital democracy & cryptocurrency and DSI4EU, an EH-wide effort promoting digital social innovation. I was listed in Forbes Magazine's Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018.

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