In July 2012 Gérald Santucci was appointed Head of the Unit Knowledge Sharing at the the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). He coordinates efforts to make DG CONNECT the best at knowledge sharing in the European Commission. Consistent with an established interactive vision, he promotes an organisational culture where everyone can know what goes on around them, where learning is constant and ideas flow in all directions, where there are systematic linkages between policy, regulation and research, and where insights and judgements as well as documents and facts are shared with a view to continuously adding value.
Between March 2007 and June 2012, Gérald was Head of the Unit Networked Enterprise & Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) that managed a portfolio of some 50 Research and Innovation projects grouped around two clusters – Future Internet Enterprise Systems (FInES) and Internet of Things (IERC) – and that spearheaded an international policy dialogue on RFID and the governance of the Internet of Things. Under his leadership, the European Commission adopted a Communication on RFID (March 2007), a Recommendation on the implementation of privacy and data protection principles in RFID-enabled applications (May 2009), and a Communication on the Internet of Things (June 2009).
In addition, Gérald is highly committed to developing cooperation with Europe's international partners in order to promote the exchange of information and best practices and the definition of global or harmonised standards and regulations in Internet related technologies.
Over the years, Gérald has gained extensive experience in the activities of the Directorate-General through his involvement in research management, including heading the Unit “Applications relating to Administrations” 1999-2002, the Unit “Trust and Security” 2003, and the Unit "ICT for Enterprise Networking" 2004-2006.
Gérald holds a Master’s degree from the Institute for Political Studies in Paris, and a Ph.D. in Microeconomics from the University of Paris 12 Val-de-Marne.