Jean-David MALO

EIC Task Force
European Commission - Belgium


Jean-David Malo joined the European Commission in January 2001. In the Directorate General for Research, he participated in a number of developments on the design of funding instruments, rules for participation, funding schemes etc. both for FP6 and FP7.
After heading the unit in charge of the regional aspects of FP7, i.e. the Regions of Knowledge and Research Potential programmes from 2006 to 2010, he then managed a newly created unit in DG Research and Innovation from 2011 to 2013, the main objective of which was to contribute to increasing private finance and close market gaps in investing in research and innovation by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments (like the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility) and by developing new ones in the fields of debt (including guarantees) and equity financing, notably in the context of Horizon 2020 (InnovFin).
From 2014, this unit was also covering the SMEs dimension of Horizon 2020, including in particular EUROSTARS II and the design and coordination of the SME Instrument and the Fast Track to Innovation pilot.
In February 2017, he was appointed Director of the Directorate in charge of Open Innovation and Open Science. In June 2019, he was appointed Director of the European Innovation Council Task Force.