Dominique Ristori

Director-General of Directorate-General Energy at European Commission

Director-General of Directorate-General Energy, European Commission
Policy Leaders Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Dominique Ristori has worked in the European Commission since 1978 and has held several senior positions. Prior to his current posting, he was Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) from 2010 to 2013.

As DG of the JRC, the European Commission's in-house science service, Mr Ristori led the provision of independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support and advice throughout the whole policy cycle. The JRC's research supports the policy development of the policy DGs of the Commission; to ensure the excellence of its support and advice to policy, the JRC works closely with the scientific community in the EU and internationally, including in academia, national government and industry.

Between 2006 and 2010 Mr Ristori was Deputy Director General of DG Energy and Transport.

From 2000 to 2006, as Director in charge of General Affairs and Resources in DG Energy and Transport, he was responsible for interinstitutional relations; enlargement and international relations; coordination of energy and transport research; internal market, state aids, infringements and public service obligations; passengers' and users' rights, as well as central management of human and budgetary resources. Between 1996 and 1999, he was Director in charge of European Energy Policy in DG XVII (Energy).

In 1990-1996 Mr Ristori was in charge of transnational cooperation between SMEs at the Directorate-General for Enterprise policy.

Mr Ristori graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (1975).

  • In news articles

    Dominique Ristori discusses the role of science in securing Europe's economic recovery

    Dominique Ristori, Director General of the EC's Joint Research Centre sets out his ideas on the key challenges and opportunities for better integrating science and policy as seen from the EU perspective, drawing on recent new orientations in the JRC.