PEDRO VELÁZQUEZ, Deputy Head of the Creative Europe Unit, EU Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture
Pedro is Deputy Head of the Creative Europe Unit since January 2018. Between 1987 and 2014, he occupied several positions within the European Commission namely at the Directorate General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture in the fields of Sport and Communication. During that period, he was in charge of the Communication team, which launched the Erasmus+ and Creative Europe programmes, and for the preparation and implementation of major EU policy and funding initiatives in the field of sport. Between 2015 and 2017 he was Director for Social Innovation and Empowerment at the ICSS, an NGO based in Qatar, where he was responsible for the development of initiatives and projects based on the educational and social power of sport.