Bernard Barani joined the European Commission in 1994 after 11 years as a Communication engineer in the industry working on military optical systems and in the European Space Agency on advanced Satcom programmes. He is currently Deputy head of unit for “Future Connectivity systems” in the European Commission. In this position, he has been leading the definition and implementation of the 5G Public-Private Partnership launched in 2013 to support 5G European R&D. Main field of activities covers strategic R&D planning and implementation including future beyond 5G systems, standardisation, international cooperation, demonstration and pilot programmes. He is also vice-chairman of the Steering committee of the EUCNC conference showcasing telecom research sponsored by the EU programmes. He has an engineering degree from the "Ecole National Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne".