Robert Missen

Head of Unit for transport research and innovation

European Commission


Originally from Oldham and a graduate of Manchester University, Robert Missen is a career civil servant with the European Commission.

For over twenty-five years he has worked in the Directorate General responsible for Transport, concentrating first on policy in the road transport sector, before moving to Aviation Security, where he was notably responsible for the adoption of EU legislation following the events of 11 September 2001.

Between 2010 and 2016, he was Head of Unit responsible for Maritime and Land Transport Security and, since October 2016, he is Head of Unit for transport research and innovation.

Having experience in land, sea and air policy, his role is to bring together the research needs of policy with the funding opportunities under the EU research budget.

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