AGUINAGA Jean-François is Head of Unit “Textile, fashion, design and creative industries”, DG ENTR at European Commission.
He studied at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, one of the leading French business schools, had a PhD in roman languages and civilisations at the University of Paris, as well as a master in public administration.
In his professional career, he went through management positions at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Paris and abroad (Latin America, USA, Middle East). He joined the European Commission in September 1994, within a team in charge of economic co-operation with Latin America.
In 2002, he joined the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry where he was the sherpa drafting the current generation of financial instruments for SMEs (2007-2013).
Since September 2006, he has been responsible for the EIC network, then from 2008 for the phasing-in of the Enterprise Europe Network, the biggest network of business and innovation services ever set-up with the support of the European Commission.