Diego Fernàndez Prieto received the B.S Degree in Physics from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 1994. In 1994 and 1996, he was with the ‘Instituto per la Matematica Applicata’ (I.M.A) of the National Research Council (C.N.R), Genoa, Italy. In 1997, he received the Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Deusto, Spain and the University of Kent, United Kingdom. In 2001 he received the Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science by the Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Genoa, Italy. Since 2001, he is with the Earth Observation (EO) Science, Applications and Future Technologies Department of the European Space Agency (ESA). At present he is program manager of the Support To Science Element (STSE), a scientific programme aimed at providing scientific support to both the formulation of novel mission concepts and the innovative exploitation of on-going ESA missions. He is also project manager of the CEOS TIGER initiative for water in Africa. His research activity is documented in more than 100 scientific publications. He is a reviewer for the journals IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Pattern Recognition Letters, Hydrogeology, Earth Science Informatics, Journal of Environmental Management and Remote Sensing of the Environment. He is also guest editor of several special issues in international peer review journals.