Megan Richards is Principal Adviser in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT) of the European Commission. She has a bachelor of science, bachelor of laws and master of public administration degrees. She has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, the government of Canada, and private law firms. In 1991, she joined the European Commission and has worked programs to support SMEs, research and innovation, including regulatory, legal, financial and contractual issues. From September 2006- April 2009 she was director of resource management in the Commission's Joint Research Centre; and as from May 2009 has been in DG CONNECT, holding positions of director of General Affairs, director of Converged Networks and Services, director Coordination, and acting deputy director general before taking up her current position. From 2013-2014 she was EU Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.