Viorel Peca is Head of the Innovation Unit with the European Commission, DG Connect. His unit's mission is to develop and inspire a new vision on ICT innovation and entrepreneurship. This addresses, in particular, entrepreneurship and innovation support actions and policies, access to finance, inducement prizes, innovation procurement, ICT innovation vouchers and coordination of standardisation activities (including the ICT multi-stakeholder platform).
He joined the European Commission in 2008 and DG Connect in 2011 as Head of Unit for Networked Media; 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 KU Leuven University, Belgium.