Olivier Thereaux

As Head of Research and Development, Olivier leads the ODI’s R&D, product and service discovery work, and runs a multidisciplinary team of research, technology, and user experience practitioners.

Olivier and his team add in-depth expertise to the ODI’s advisory activities on topics including data infrastructure, technology and society, standards, emerging data technology, and innovating with data. He also stewards the ODI’s work on data ethics.

He has been plying his trade for over 20 years on 3 and a half continents, with a focus on the various facets of open technology: open standards, open source, open data and open innovation.

Upon graduating from the École Centrale Paris, Olivier left France for Japan where he managed the open source tools and services at the W3C, founded an international non-profit democratising the art and design world online, then spent a few years in Canada working on web technology and open innovation. Before joining the ODI, he was heading the BBC’s R&D work on content discovery, leading internet-focused innovation through prototypes, platforms, and open standards.

He talks with his hands a lot.

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