Franco Accordino is the Head of Knowledge Management and Support Systems unit within the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). The unit's mandate is to support business processes and to foster service innovation within DG CONNECT by deploying state-of-the-art technologies and solutions.
Before becoming Head of Unit, Franco led the Task Force “Digital Futures”, a participative foresight aiming to devise 2050’s visions and policy ideas underpinned by the long term advances of digital technologies.
Digital Futures experimented grassroots stakeholder engagement methodologies to co-create long-term visions and generate ideas to inform future policy decisions. Franco designed the policy making 3.0 model which is the foundation of the online engagement platform Futurium (ec.europa.eu/futurium).
Franco joined the European Commission in 2001 working as scientific officer and then as Director's Assistant, mainly on the development of visions and strategies for future ICT, with particular focus on Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), e-Infrastructures, supercomputers, grid and clouds computing, Future Internet, ICT trust and security and facilities for research and experimentation.
Before joining the European Commission, Franco worked at the ETHZ/CSCS National Supercomputing Centre of Switzerland, at Consorzio Pisa Ricerche and at the National Research Council of Italy where he conducted research on formal methods, languages and tools for concurrent systems and protocol specification.
He has a long-standing experience in several information technology fields, including formal methods and software engineering, grid and distributed systems, operating systems, interactive web-based applications and services and knowledge discovery in databases.