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Giuseppe Zilioli is a Special Advisor to the European Commission with more than 35 years of experience in the development and application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Based in Brussels, Mr. Zilioli is a native of Italy and holds a Doctorate in Physics from the University of Milan.

Mr. Zilioli’s career has concentrated on the development and application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). More recently, Mr. Zilioli has acted as a Scientific and Policy Advisor to the European Commission (DG INFSO) in the field of Public Administration. In this capacity, he has been responsible to monitor e-democracy and e-voting research and development projects funded by the Commission during the 5th Framework Research Programme, and to contribute to the definition of the technical content of research in the domain of Public Administration for the 6th Framework Programme.

In his engagement with the Commission, Mr. Zilioli has held several major responsibilities which include the following: monitoring the e-Europe Action Plan and the e-government initiative, contributing to the exploitation and dissemination of research results and to the EU governance policy definition, providing long-term analysis of e-Government evolution, managing Commission calls for research proposals and annual projects reviews, functioning as liaison with industry.

Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Zilioli was Managing Director of Finsiel, the software and services arm of Telecom Italia, in Brussels. In this capacity, he was in charge of the activities of Finsiel with regard to the Information Society initiatives of the European Union, liaisons with the Commission, the Trans European Telecommunication Networks Programmes, and regional development initiatives.

Mr. Zilioli has also been in charge of Planning and Co-ordination of the IT activities of the Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale (IRI) in the Planning and Control Directorate, where he covered technical management functions in private enterprises in Italy and abroad and providing support to the United Nations Organisation to promote ICT initiatives in developing countries.