Chief Data Officer, Government of Spain
Alberto Palomo was born and raised in Madrid. After his bachelor’s degree in Physics (with a concentration in electronics), he studied in Stephen Hawking’s department at Cambridge, and further completed his PhD in Supergravity Physics at the National Research Council in Spain. During his postdoctoral years, he recognised the vast untapped potential that data holds for Society, and completed a research stint at Huawei’s R+D laboratory in Toronto, Canada. There, he worked in numerical experiments to test novel paradigms for the acceleration of neural networks in ICs. For the following 5 years, he worked at the US-subsidiary of a top European energy company, leading the technical development of data science apps. Last year, he was appointed Chief Data Officer for the Government of Spain. His unit is in charge of the design and coordination of the national reference architectural model for data sharing and exploitation. They support the development of a common data infrastructure to empower a nation-wide data-driven culture (including both governmental data teams, as well as aligning the private sector) and they do this by leveraging on the development of national dataspaces, and a secure and sovereign data infrastructure stack.