Gabriel Rissola joined the JRC-IPTS in June 2010 as a Senior Scientist in Digital Inclusion. He has a degree in Informatics, academic education in Philosophy and Psychology and wide professional experience with multilateral cooperation bodies (European Commission, United Nations agencies). Before joining IPTS he was Director at Dynamic Organization Thinking (D-O-T), a Barcelona-based Research and Consultancy firm he co-founded (from 2003); external Evaluator for the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Commission (from 2004); European Projects Officer for the Foundation of Viladecans City (2005-08); Senior Expert & Evaluator at UNs' Food and Agricultural Organization (1990-91 and 2002-08); head of an eLearning company in Spain (Didacom Iberoamerica, 2001-03) and of a digital media company in Latin America (Faro Latino, Windows Media content provider). He was also the creator and head of RADAr - the first Internet intelligent search engine in Argentina - and leader of ForTel - one of the largest technology-enhanced learning projects in South America- for Telecom Argentina during the â€˜90s.
His research interests focus on the field of ICT and Social Innovation. Gabriel has carried out different Action Research and Learning projects around the contribution of Information Society Technologies (IST) to social and educational innovation and inclusion, and its policy implications in Europe and internationally, covering topics ranging from the digital inclusion and lifelong learning of disadvantaged categories of end users (notably migrants) and the enabling role of the Third Sector, to the development of strategies for learning, innovation and cooperation between small economic actors in complex settings (historical centres, rural areas, etc). He has collaborated with DG INFSO in the organization of the e-Inclusion Ministerial Conference (2008). Gabriel has authored/co-authored/edited several publications on ICT and Social Innovation,Â while having also been author and reviewer for the Journal of International Development and Information Technologies (USA).