Thibaut Kleiner

Director of Policy, Strategy, and Outreach European Commission

Thibaut Kleiner is the Director for Policy, Strategy, and Outreach at DG Connect. He has worked at the European Commission since 2001.

The first ten years of his career in the Commission were spent in the area of competition policy (merger, antitrust, and State aid). He was a notable member of the cabinet of Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for Competition, in 2007-2010 and head of the unit for State aid coordination in DG Competition. In September 2011, Thibaut moved to the digital policy area, as advisor of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, in charge of the Digital Agenda, and supervised Internet policies at large (Internet Governance, cybersecurity, cloud, data).

From January 2014 to June 2016, he was head of the unit in charge of network technologies (5G and Internet of Things) in DG Connect. From June 2016 to December 2019, Mr. Kleiner was the deputy head of the cabinet of Commissioner Oettinger, in charge of Budget and Human Resources, and he then came back to DG Connect to head the unit in charge of Research Strategy and Coordination.

An economist by training, Thibaut holds a Master’s from HEC Paris and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.