Advisor DG FISMA
Peter Kerstens heads the Taskforce on financial technology and is Advisor for financial sector cybersecurity at the European Commission’s DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. He joined the European Commission in 1996. He has extensive experience in EU policy and legislation in a range of areas through his work on the ESPRIT research programme, in health and consumer protection, e-commerce, single market and financial services policy and regulation. Mr Kerstens has also been a Member of the Private Offices of Internal Market and Services Commissioner Charlie McCreevy and Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne and was during five years the Finance Counsellor at the EU Delegation to the USA in Washington DC. Prior to joining the European Commission, he worked as a public affairs consultant in Brussels advising major financial services companies on EU affairs. Mr Kerstens holds a master’s degree in European affairs from the College of Europe in Bruges and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Leuven, Belgium.