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David Sayago (Madrid, Spain, 1970) studied Solid State Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, before moving to Berlin to carry out his PhD at the Fritz-Haber Institut der Max-Planck Gesellschaft on structural studies of molecular adsorbates on surfaces. After getting his PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin, he continued his research career in the area of Surface Physics as a postdoc. First at the Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia (Rome, Italy), then back to the Fritz-Haber-Institut, to end his research career back at his alma mater, UAM.
Afterwards, he worked as a Scientific and Policy officer at the Spanish Rectors Conference and the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation, where he was the National Delegate to various European Commission Committees. David was part of the Spanish EU Presidency Team in 2010. Later he worked in research centres as support staff, before joining the TU Delft Valorisation Centre in 2016 as EU subsidy advisor. In July 2019 he joined QuTech as QINC programme manager. Since September 2020 he works for the QuTech Business Unit dealing with EU policy affairs and coordinating Intellectual Property activities. He is part of the Dutch Delegation to the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure working group chaired by the European Commission.
When not doing things with his wife and three kids, he likes to read fiction and history, write short stories and watch movies. He also likes cooking Spanish, Italian, Indian and Chinese dishes. David is a volunteer by the Basketball Vereniging Leiderdorp, where he coaches a basketball team of female teenagers.