Clara Neppel is the Senior Director of the IEEE European office in Vienna, where she is responsible for the growth of IEEE’s operations and presence in Europe, focusing on the needs of industry, academia, and government. Neppel serves as a point of contact for initiatives with regard to technology, engineering and related public policy issues that help implementing IEEE’s continued global commitment to fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity. She joined IEEE in 2017 after working with the European Patent Office (EPO) where she was involved in various aspects relating to innovation, intellectual property and public policy in the field of information and communication technologies. Before joining EPO, Neppel worked in research, in the area of parallel database optimization, and in industry, as program manager for archiving solutions. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich and a Master in Intellectual Property Law and Management from the University of Strasbourg.