Senior Adviser to Director-General, European Commission DG CONNECT (Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology);
Chair, iMobility Forum
Mr. Juhani Jääskeläinen holds currently the position of Senior Adviser to Director-General, ICT for Energy and Transport, Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) in Brussels, Belgium. He has a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland.
Mr. Jääskeläinen joined the European Commission in 1996 as a Principal Scientific Officer, working in the management of the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. In 1999 he was nominated Head of Sector, Mobility Services in the Directorate - General Information Society (INFSO), and in 2005 he became Deputy Head of Unit. In July 2009 he was nominated the Head of Unit, INFSO G4, ICT for Transport. As from 1 July 2012 he was nominated Senior Adviser to Director-General, ICT for Transport and Energy in the reorganisation of DG INFSO to DG CONNECT.
As Senior Adviser to Director-General Mr. Jääskeläinen will have a key role in supporting DG CONNECT in continuing its strong commitment in ICT for transport and energy research and innovation under research framework programme FP7, integrating this with the broader logic of the future research and innovation framework Horizon 2020 and the CONNECT flagship initiative Digital Agenda for Europe, and in ensuring continuity and leadership role for DG CONNECT in ICT research and innovation addressing societal challenges in Horizon 2020, including Public-Private Partnerships and European Innovation Partnerships, such as Smart Cities and the European Green Vehicles Initiative.
Mr. Jääskeläinen has a leading role in the Intelligent Car Initiative and he is the chair of the iMobility Forum, its Steering Group and International Cooperation Working Group. Mr Jääskeläinen co-chairs the EU-US Cooperation Task Force, he is also a member of the Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems – AHB15 of the Transport Research Board (TRB) of the U.S. Moreover Mr Jääskeläinen also leads the cooperation between EU and the Road Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) as well as the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in the field of ITS.
Mr. Jääskeläinen has a thorough industrial experience, and he has worked in the management of Research and Development in various international companies that include Ericsson and Asea Brown Boweri. Before joining the Commission he worked for several years at the Finnish Technology Development Agency TEKES, first as a Research Manager for Space Technologies and later as the Director of Space Technologies.