Khalil Rouhana is the director for "Components & Systems" in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology). The mission of the Directorate is to support research and innovation and ensure industrial and business development of smart, integrated and key-enabling ICT technologies, including micro and nano electronics, photonics, robotics, embedded and complex systems and advanced computing. The Directorate is also DG CONNECT lead for Horizon 2020/LEIT, notably coordination of key enabling technologies (KET) in ICT.
His previous experience in DG INFSO (the former name for DG CONNECT) includes the responsibility of the Directorate of "Digital content & Cognitive systems" where he was responsible for digital content policy in the Digital Agenda and for EU supported research and innovation actions in creative content, information management and language technologies. From 2004 until 2010, he was in charge of the Unit of ICT research and Innovation strategy. An important part of his career was devoted to monitoring and management of R&D and innovation activities in the public and private sector. He was also a project officer in the ESPRIT programme in the areas of High Performance Computing and Networking and in Future and Emerging technologies.
Before joining the Commission in 1992, he was for 5 years the director of an institute and school of engineering (Grande Ecole) in France. He started his career as research and development engineer for the aeronautics industry, worked for the French University in Beirut and created also his own engineering company. He has two master degrees in electrical engineering.