Massimiliano Dragoni was born in Milan. He studied political economy at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA and at Ludwig-Maximilian Universitat in Munich, Germany. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from IESE, Barcelona, Spain. He has been working at the European Commission since 1992 is different departments, including industrial policy, research and international cooperation. He is currently Senior Policy Official in charge of implementation of the Startup Europe Initiative, as well as coordination and implementation of relative calls for proposals and tenders. He is a member of the EU Blockchain initiative task force and coordinates the digital deep techs strands of the European Innovation Council, including AI, IoT and Cybersecurity. He is married and has two sons.