Ms Lucilla Sioli is the Director for “Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry” within Directorate-
General CONNECT at the European Commission. The mission of the Directorate is to strengthen
Europe’s competiveness ensuring that any industry in any sector in Europe can make the best
use of digital innovations to grow, compete on a global scale, and create jobs. She is responsible
for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy and for policy
development in the area of artificial intelligence (AI). The directorate also supports R&D&I in key
digital industrial technologies including microelectronics, embedded software, photonics,
robotics and AI. Previously, she was Head of Unit for “Digital Economy and Skills” at DG Connect,
responsible for the publication of the Digital Economy and Society Index and of the annual
Europe’s Digital Progress Report as well as for the management of digital skills policy through
the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. Lucilla holds a PhD in economics from the University of
Southampton (UK) and one from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and has been a civil
servant with the European Commission since 1997.
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