Nelly Bruno is an economist working as Policy Analyst in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission since 2015. Currently working for the “Better Regulation” Unit she is specifically dealing with the monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of the European Research and Innovation Framework Programmes and recently coordinated the overall interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 – the eight Framework Programme with a budget of close to EUR 80 million over the period 2014-2020. She also previously worked in DG RTD on the economic evidence underpinning investments in environmental research and innovation for a greener growth. In 2006-2007 she worked as an intern in DG CONNECT of the European Commission in the unit “New infrastructure paradigms and experimental facilities” where she focussed her work on the European Network of Living Labs and open innovation models.
Between 2007 and 2015 she worked as a senior consultant in Technopolis Group in Brussels advising regional, national and international public authorities on their programmes and policies related to research, innovation, higher education and regional development carrying out policy studies, programme evaluations and devising monitoring systems. In this endeavour, she developed specific expertise in evaluation methodologies such as counterfactual evaluation methods, peer reviews, statistical analysis, bibliometrics, case studies, survey design, interviews, workshops, and indicator systems. She co-authored more than 40 studies and evaluation reports.
Nelly Bruno was born in Chambéry, France. She holds a M.A in European economic studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium, 2006), as well as French (University Paris X, 2004) and German M.Sc. in macroeconomics (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, 2004), where she specialised in knowledge economics.