Andrea Gentili is currently Deputy Head of the Unit Aviation in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
From 2011 to 2016, he acted as Deputy Head of the Unit “Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies” and he has been strongly involved in the setting up of the contractual Public-Private Partnerships within Horizon 2020.
In 2009 he was appointed responsible for the Commission for the implementation of the “Factories of the Future” and “Energy-efficient buildings” Public-Private Partnerships.
In 2004 he was in charge of the setting-up and running of the Manufuture European Technology Platform, and he was responsible in RTD for several innovative advanced manufacturing areas such as automation, photonics, micro-nano manufacturing and additive technologies.
Before joining the European Commission in 2001, he had several different experiences in the private and public sectors. He started his career in an Italian SME manufacturing industrial refrigerators as production manager, and then he joined the Ecole de Mines d’Albi in France as researcher. In the late 90’s, he came back to industry and joined, as technical director, an American software and engineering company. Finally, in 1998 he became associate of a French SME and run his own business in the area of mechanical engineering services, mainly for the automotive and aerospace sectors.
Andrea has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa in Italy.
Andrea is married and is the proud father of three children. In his leisure time, he practises free-diving and plays tennis.