Cristina Martinez is graduated in Science Philosophy (Cum Laude), in Communication (Cum Laude and Major) and has an MSc in Telematics (Cum Laude) from the Free University of Brussels. She spent two years in the United Nations Office headquarters working for an IT track and trace development project for Africa, Asia and Latin-America. She joined the Andersen Consulting company in 1998 to work for the eCommerce group of the Technology department as a solutions engineer. She became a member of the staff of the European Commission in 2002 and is currently Administrator for Research in the Enterprise Networking Unit of the Information Society Directorate-General. In addition to her managing role for research projects in the ICT area, she devotes most of her time working on policy aspects related to the future of Business Collaboration and Interoperability. She is head of the Enterprise Interoperability cluster responsible for giving research directions in the Interoperability domain. Cristina Martinez is married, with two children.