Alberto Di Meglio is the Head of CERN openlab in the IT Department at CERN and Coordinator of the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative. Alberto is an Aerospace Engineer (MEng) and Electronic Engineer (PhD) by education and has extensive experience in the design, development and deployment of distributed computing and data infrastructures and software services for both commercial and research applications. He joined CERN in 1998 as Data Centre Systems Engineer. In 2004, he took part in the early stages of development of the High-Energy Physics Computing Grid. From 2010 to 2013 Alberto was Project Director of the European Middleware Initiative (EMI), a project responsible to develop and maintain most of the software services powering the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid. Since 2013, Alberto leads CERN openlab, a long-term initiative to organise public-private collaborative R&D projects between CERN, academia and industry in ICT, Computer and Data science, covering many aspects of today’s technology, from heterogenous architecture and distributed computing to AI and quantum technologies.