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Pēteris Zilgalvis, Going Local Ambassador for Latvia, Head of Unit, Health and Well Being, DG Connect, European Commission

Pēteris Zilgalvis is the Head of Unit for eHealth and Well Being in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) and Digital Single Market “Going Local” Ambassador to Latvia in the European Commission. He was the Visiting EU Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford for 2013-14, where he is also an Associate of the Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme and is a Senior Common Room Member 2014-17. From 2005 until 2010, he was Head of the Governance and Ethics Unit, Directorate Science, Economy and Society at DG Research, European Commission.

From 1997 to 2005, he was Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs, and Co-Secretary of the Intergovernmental Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI).  In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment). He was Senior Environmental Law Advisor to the World Bank/Russian Federation Environmental Management Project and was Regional Environmental Specialist for the Baltic Countries at the World Bank. P. Zilgalvis studied political science (cum laude) at the University of California, Los Angeles. At the Law Centre of the University of Southern California he obtained his JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) and received the Darling Foundation academic scholarship. He completed the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.  He is a member of the California State Bar.  He has published over 30 publications on bioethics, economics and finance, innovation law and policy, European and environmental law in English, Latvian, and French. His most recent publication is “The Need for an Innovation Principle in Regulatory Impact Assessment: The Case of Finance and Innovation in Europe” in Policy & Internet.