European Commission, Belgium
Paul is a Senior Expert in Knowledge Management at the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's in-house science service. In recent years, the organisation has undertaken a major strategic shift towards a flatter, more collaborative working style focused on delivering scientific knowledge and learning - in the form it is needed and at the time it is needed - to European policy makers. A 20 year veteran of the European institutions, Paul is known as an internal innovator, and has several internal innovation prizes in his collection. Recently, Paul has turned his attention to bringing together the disparate classroom-based, specialised learning activities which take place across the EU institutions into a coherent, strategic and modern resource for the stakeholders of the institutions and which will be delivered through a new Commission portal known as the EU Academy (online mid next year). Paul's work in knowledge management is recognised globally and he has been a frequent conference speaker on this subject, and a champion of people- and community-centred approaches to organising and sharing knowledge and learning in large organisations. In former instantiations of his professional life he has worked on advanced multidisciplinary technology projects alongside philosophers, computer scientists, neuroscientists, physicists, biologists, medical practitioners and others, including a number of Nobel prize winning scientists. Before joining the Commission, Paul was an entrepreneur and helped to launch a number of start-up companies, some of which went on to greater things in what was then the nascent computing and internet sector.
Paul has a multidisciplinary academic background, with a degree in Modern Languages and Linguistics, and postgraduate Master's Degrees in Cognitive Science, and Economic and Business Administration. Educated in the UK and Spain, he is a speaker of four European languages, which he thought was enough until his daughter grew up to casually and almost effortlessly beat him (she is currently learning 6 languages).