Deputy Head of Unit Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission
Bernard Barani graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 1982. He then worked as communications engineer in industry on military infrared systems, on VSAT systems and then with the European Space Agency on advanced satcom programmes for digital HDTV broadcast and Fixed Service application using on board processing payloads. In 1994, he joined the European Commission as responsible for implementation of research and policy issues in wireless communication, Internet, audio visual systems, Software and Services. He has been Deputy head of unit for research and policy in the field of Internet of Things systems. He is currently Acting head of unit in charge of research and innovation on Network Technologies in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission. He is responsible for the definition and implementation of the research strategy and related policy issues in the field of future networks. In that context, he led the implementation of the 5G Public Private Partnership in 2013, as the flagship EC initiative in support of 5G. His field of activities cover the implementation strategy of the 5G PPP, standardisation, international cooperation and demonstration and pilot programmes. He is also vice chairman of the Steering committee of the EUCNC conference, the main EC showcasing event for research achievements under the EU sponsored programmes.