Stefano NATIVI is the Big Data Lead Scientist of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. His present research activity deals with the Digital Transformation of our Society (Datafication and Virtualization processes, Edge/Smart Computing, Intensive Data Processing and Energy Efficiency). For more than 10 years, he has served as Head of Unit for the National Research Council of Italy, coordinating research programs (funded by EC, US NSF, and National R&I frameworks) on Digital Technology applications to trans and multidisciplinary areas –noticeably, the Sustainable Development of our Planet and the Earth System Science. His educational background is in Telecommunication Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science and Remote Sensing. He worked for the University of Bristol (UK), University of Padua (IT), and NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Colorado (USA), and the University of Florence (IT).