Pēteris Zilgalvis is the current Head of Unit, eHealth and Well Being, DG Connect, European Commission. He previously was Head of the Unit, Infectious Diseases and Public Health in the Health Research Directorate. Until 2010, he was Head of the Governance and Ethics Unit, Directorate Science, Economy and Society at DG Research, European Commission. From 1997 to 2005, he was Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs. In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Environment. He was Senior Environmental Law Advisor to the World Bank/Russian Federation Environmental Management Project and was Regional Environmental Specialist for the Baltic Countries at the World Bank. Pēteris studied political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.