Carmen Garcia Fernandez

Carmen Garcia Fernandez

Belgium, Brussels
Acting Head of Unit / Head of Sector at European Research Council (ERC) EA
Profession: Manager, Public Affairs Professional
Industry: EU Affairs


I am a creative, analytical, manager with 20 years’ experience in interdisciplinary research and programme management. I have a keen interest in disruptive innovation and its socio-economic and environmental implications, particularly in the context of the EU as well as internationally. I am an avid broker of collaborations among stakeholders across sectorial and geographical borders. I have developed strong leadership skills through my experience in building and managing multicultural teams.


English, Spanish, Portuguese


Global environmental change and conservation policiesProgramme managementResearch evaluation and funding


European Research Council (ERC) EA

Acting Head of Unit / Head of Sector at European Research Council (ERC) EA

July 2015 - Present • Brussels, Belgium

Manage the Life Sciences Unit comprising a dynamic multicultural team of 40 people; Develop Unit positions on strategic issues, setting its objectives and priorities; Lead the Environmental Biology and Applied Life Sciences Sector

European Research Council (ERC) EA

Research Programme Officer at European Research Council (ERC) EA

6 years 3 mth • March 2009 - June 2015 • Brussels, Belgium

Coordinate the evaluation of proposals submitted to the Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology panel (20 calls: over 2500 projects evaluated and 0.5 billion awarded); Monitor and follow-up the panel project portfolio (over 250 projects); Design and lead the strategic analysis of the ERC FP7 project portfolio (
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