Alan Haigh is Policy Adviser to the Deputy Director General of DG Research and Innovation in the European Commission, advising on synergy opportunities between funding programmes. He has managed EC Research and Innovation programmes since 2004 as a Head of Unit, and between 2014 and 2021 as Head of Department at the INEA Executive Agency of the European Commission. At the INEA agency, he was responsible for implementing 5.6 billion Euro of Research and Innovation projects in the fields of energy, transport, and energy intensive industries.
He started his career in the UK Nuclear industry (UKAEA), initially at Harwell Nuclear Laboratories, Oxfordshire UK, and later as a physicist at the JET Fusion experiment. He holds a BSc in Physical Sciences and is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Physics (CMIoP)