Román Arjona

Chief Economist, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Román Arjona is Chief Economist and Head of Strategy and Foresight at the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation of the European Commission. He is Vice-Chair of the OECD’s Committee for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP). He previously served in the Spanish government as Secretary-General for Science, Technology and Innovation, and before joining the Commission he was adviser to the Spanish State Secretary and the Spanish Minister for Science and Technology. Mr Arjona worked for the European Investment Bank and the International Monetary Fund as well as for the OECD as an economist. He is a former member of the World Economic Forum’s High-Level Advisory Group of the Europe Inclusive Growth and Competitiveness Lab, and of its Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models. Román graduated in Economics at the University of Valencia with a special distinction, and holds a Masters’ degree in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence.