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Miguel Ortega Lafuente
Head of New Technologies, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Miguel Ortega is currently responsible for the New Technologies Service in the Digital Transformation Department of the European Union Intellectual Property Office. His responsibilities include tracking and assessing potential technologies and new products, as well as their management and promotion.

Graduated in Business Computing and in Computer Science for the University Autónoma of Barcelona, before joining EUIPO, Miguel worked in several UK Universities in different research positions, among these University College London and City University.

He moved from Academy to IT Consultancy and then joined EUIPO in 2003. Mr. Ortega has worked in different roles along his career always linked to the Information Technology domain. As a Digital Transformation manager, he has led big teams to implement key IP projects to transform the digital landscape at the European Agency, in many cases involving new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence or Blockchain among others.

Strong information technology professional, skilled in management, budgeting, procurement, software development methodologies and familiar with emerging technologies, Mr. Ortega participates in the definition of the EUIPO’S Digital Strategy focusing on an open, friendly and problem-solving approach.