Pablo Amor was Director of the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) from 1 August 2012 until 31 July 2019. He has been ERC Executive Agency Director ad interim since January 2011. As a seconded Commission official, he has been serving at ERCEA as Head of the Grant Management Department since February 2009.
Pablo Amor joined the ERC Executive Agency in February 2009 as Head of the Grant Management Department. Before working for the ERCEA he was Head of the Communications Unit at the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission. In this capacity, he kept policy makers, researchers and the general public informed about the developments in the field of European research and the importance of research for innovation, jobs and economic growth.
Prior to this, he was the Acting Head of Delegation for Uruguay and Mercosur. In August 2002, he took up duties as Head of Cooperation at the European Commission Delegation in Uruguay, responsible for the identification and execution of all cooperation projects for Uruguay and Mercosur.
Starting in the fall of 1997, he was Counsellor for Science, Technology & Education at the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC. In this position he presented regularly the European research activities to our US counterparts, interacting with the U.S. federal agencies to inform them on relevant European developments, and tried to create the conditions leading to successful joint EU-US projects.
He joined the European Commission in 1987, and worked first as an administrator in DG Information Society where he prepared, managed and monitored projects in the area of multimedia and new electronic information services in cooperation with the European Member States industry. In 1991 he took a leave of absence from the Commission to pursue MBA studies at Stanford University in California. Upon his return to the Commission in 1993, he joined the Commission enlargement team responsible for technical assistance programmes to Central and Eastern European countries, and in particular the collection of macro-economic and social data from these countries.
Prior to joining the European Commission, he worked five years with Procter & Gamble as European Network Manager responsible for the computer network operations of P&G at their European headquarters in Brussels.
He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and he is a licensed engineer in Spain, his home country. He also has an MBA degree from Stanford University with specialization in both finance and Public Management.