Ken Ducatel, British, aged 47, holds a PhD in economic greography from Bristol University and an MSc in transport policy from Cranfield University in the UK. He has worked on information society policy for twenty years during. He was a member of the faculty of University of Manchester for 14 years. His first experience in the European Commission was in DG Employment in 1995, when he worked in the secretariat to the High Level Group on the Information Society led by Professor Luc Soete. From 1997 to 2003, he worked at the European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville, where he led the institute's flagship "Futures Project." At the end of 2003 he moved to DG Information Society to become head of sector for eEurope. In Novermber 2004 he was invited to join Commissioner Reding's Cabinet .