Francesca Bria is the President of the Italian innovation Fund. She is Honorary
Professor in the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL in London and
she is Senior Adviser Senior Adviser to the United Nation on digital cities and
digital rights. Francesca is the founder of the DECODE project on data sovereignty
in Europe. She is an adviser for the European Commission on Research and Innovation
Policy and Next Generation Internet, and she is the former Chief Digital Technology
and Innovation Officer for the City of Barcelona in Spain.
Francesca has a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from 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 digital 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's work focuses on one of the key issues of our time, working at the
intersection between technology, geopolitics and the economy. In her work she
explores how people can regain sovereignty over their data and how can societies
regain control not only over digital technology, data, and infrastructure, but also
over the services that are mediated by smart technologies—such as utilities,
transportation, education, and health.
She has been listed in the Top 50 Women in Tech by the Forbes Magazine, and in
the World's top 20 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical.
She has also been featured in the Italian Magazine Repubblica "D", amongst the
100 Women Changing the World.