Jean-François AGUINAGA is Head of Unit at the European Commission. He was trained at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, one of the leading French business schools, has a PhD in roman languages and civilisations from the University of Paris, as well as a grade in public administration. He joined the European Commission in September 1994, within a team in charge of economic co-operation with Latin America.

In 2002, he joined the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry where he was the sherpa drafting the financial instruments for SMEs (2007-2013).

Between 2006 and 2010, he was first responsible for the EIC network, then for the phasing-in of the Enterprise Europe Network, the biggest network of business and innovation services ever set-up with the support of the European Commission. Since May 2011, he has been in charge of the Unit dealing with “textiles, fashion, design and creative industries”.