Fabrizio Gagliardi - Director for Research Connections at Microsoft Research

Director for Research Connections at Microsoft Research for Europe, Middle East and Africa

In the present position since July 2008. In this position leading an EMEA team responsible for MSR Connections in EMEA. Based in Geneva with main office at the MSR research centre in Cambridge UK.
As part of this job supporting and contributing to MSR Cloud computing strategy in Europe, including the incubation of a major EU project (www.venus-c.eu), and with 3 direct engagements with major national funding agencies (EPSRC in the UK, INRIA in France and HLRS in Germany). Responsible for the strategic planning of the Cloud Computing team at EMIC in Germany.

He joined Microsoft in November 2005, when after the last EGEE conference in his home town of Pisa, Fabrizio Gagliardi took responsibility for the company Technical Computing Initiative in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Before then and starting at the end of the 90’ he was among the pioneers in developing and introducing Grid computing in Europe with early collaboration with Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman in the US, this led to projects like EU-DataGrid and EGEE, of which he was Principal Investigator and Director from 2000 till 2005.

In 2004-2005 while still Director of EGEE (www.eu-egee.org) he contributed to the incubation and launch of more than 10 other Grid EU projects all inspired and supported by the EU EGEE flag-ship.


In 1985-1987 he was advisor to the Director of the Electra Synchrotron in Trieste Italy.

From 1985 till 2005 he was scientific advisor to the Director of the Scuola Normale in Pisa, one of the most prestigious universities in Italy.

From 2000 till 2005, advisor to the President of the Italian National Academy.

Since 1995, member of the scientific advisory board to Trento local government agency, FBK (http://www.fbk.eu/) .

Member of the Board of Directors of CoSBi (www.cosbi.eu) since 2008.

Member of the Board of Directors of INRIA-MSR joint institute (http://www.msr-inria.inria.fr/).

Director of the joint MSR institute on parallel computing at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (http://www.bscmsrc.eu/ ).

Since 2009 he is the chair of the ACM European Council ( http://europe.acm.org/) and also sits in the ACM Distinguished Speakers Programme International Committee.

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