Cristina Martinez graduated in Science Philosophy, and has a master in Communication (Major) and another MSc in Telematics (Cum Laude).
She started her career in the United Nations working for an IT track and trace software project for railways in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. She then joined the Andersen Consulting company in 1998 to work for the Technology department as a solutions engineer.
She became a member of the staff of the European Commission in 2002. She worked as a senior administrator for research in the Information Society Directorate-General where she led the 'Enterprise Interoperability' cluster for many years.
From 2013 onwards, Cristina took managerial responsibilities as a Head of Sector, first, then as a Deputy Head of Unit in various departments: the 'Knowledge-Management' unit, the 'eInfrastructure and Open Science Cloud' unit and the ‘Smart Mobility and Living’ unit. Since January 2019, she is in charge of Smart Cities. Her area of expertise spans from digital policy and IT solutions to environmental sustainability, UN SDGs and societal transformation.
Cristina Martinez is married and has three children.