Viorel Peca is Head of the Future and Emerging Technologies Unit with the European Commission, DG Connect. His unit’s mission is to lead the exploration of future technologies that matter for our future by identifying and seizing opportunities of long-term benefit for citizens, the economy and society and by ensuring that Europe is best positioned to capitalise on related emerging industrial opportunities.
He joined the European Commission in 2008 and DG Connect in 2011 as Head of Unit for Networked Media followed by 4 exciting years leading the Innovation unit between 2012 and 2016; previously he was Project Manager and Chief Business Analyst for the eFP7 team of DG DIGIT.
Viorel started his career in R&D at Alcatel Romania in 1996, and then moved to Belgium in 2000 where he worked for several Alcatel products spanning all the layers of the network. Later he worked as feature development team leader, then as IPTV project manager. Viorel holds an MSc in electronics and communications from University ‘Politehnica’ from Timisoara, Romania and has a Master in Industrial Management from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), a postgraduate diploma in Applied Informatics from Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and a Certificate in Leadership and Management, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.