Michel Catinat is a senior civil servant of the European Commission. Since 2010, he is Head of the Unit “Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy” in the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. He is in particular in charge of High-level Group and the European policy on “Key Enabling Technologies”.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Catinat has been Adviser for two years and published a report on “Critical Raw Materials in the European Union”. Previously, he was Head of the Unit “Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Competitiveness”. His mission was to ensure the implementation of a sustainable development strategy and that the most cost-effective solutions for environmental, energy and transport objectives were adopted. He has also been Head of the Unit for the “Information Society and the Information Technologies”. He has been involved in the definition and implementation of measures to support the emergence of the information society in Europe. From 1986 to 1989, he was Economic Adviser in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs where he carried out the economic analysis of the European Single Market Policy. Before joining the European Commission in 1986, Mr Catinat held a number of posts as economist in the French public administration, in the Economic Planning Office (Prime Minister) and the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs).
Mr Catinat attended the “Ecole Polytechnique” in Paris where he graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering. He is also graduated with a Master in Economics. He is former Fellow at the Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University (USA) and was professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, teaching “Information and Communication Technologies: Impact and Structure”.