Born in 1970, Román Arjona studied Economics at the University of Valencia, where he graduated with a special distinction. He 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. He worked for the European Investment Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and for the OECD as Economist. He was Adviser to the Spanish State Secretary and the Spanish Minister for Science and Technology before joining the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission. In January 2012 he was appointed to the Spanish Government as Secretary-General for Science, Technology and Innovation. He is now Chief Economist at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.