Khalil Rouhana is the director for "Components & Systems" in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology). The mission of the Directorate is to support research and innovation and ensure industrial and business development in micro and nano electronics, photonics, robotics, embedded and complex systems and advanced computing. The Directorate is also DG CONNECT lead for Horizon 2020/LEIT, notably coordination of key enabling technologies (KET) in ICT .
In his previous experiences in the Commission, he was the Director for "Digital content & Cognitive systems", the Head of Unit in charge of ICT research and Innovation strategy, and started as a project officer in the ESPRIT programme in the areas of High Performance Computing and Future and Emerging technologies.
Before joining the Commission in 1992, he was for 5 years the director of an institute and school of engineering (Grande Ecole) in France. He started his career as research and development engineer for the aeronautics industry, worked for the French University in Beirut and created also his own engineering company. He has two master degrees in electrical and electronic engineering.