Xavier Troussard is Head of the newly created "Foresight and behavioural insights" Unit at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. His main mission is to support policy making at EU level with insights from anticipation disciplines (horizon scanning, foresight) and behavioural sciences and to bring design approaches and methods through the establishment of a policy innovation laboratory. Xavier Troussard graduated in Law and General Administration from the University of Rennes (France) and from the College of Europe in European Studies (Bruges, Belgium). He gained his first professional experience during his studies as a journalist in France and, when graduated, as a researcher in comparative Law and adviser in the private office of the Minister for European affairs in Italy.
He joined the Commission as administrator of the Audiovisual Policy Unit in 1989 at the DG for Information, Communication, Culture and Audiovisual where he contributed to the establishment and further development of the EU audiovisual policy before representing the European Commission in the negotiation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. As Head of the ’Culture policy, diversity and Intercultural dialogue’ Unit in the Directorate General for Education and Culture, he developed the European Agenda for culture and an EU strategy for cultural and creative industries. Twice acting Director in the same Directorate General, he contributed to the shaping of the EU Creative Europe Programme and managed its MEDIA sub-programme.