Mustapha Mokrane is currently a Project leader at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services), the Institute for Permanent Access to Digital Research Resources in The Netherlands. He was until June 2018 the Executive Director of the World Data System International Programme Office. Previously, he worked between 2009 and 2012 at the International Council for Science (ICSU) as Science and Information Technology Officer in charge of the coordination of ICSU's Scientific Data and Information activities and the liaison with its partners. He was also responsible for the information technology related activities within ICSU before 2003 and 2009. After moving from Algeria, his home country, he trained as molecular biologist in Marseille, France. Using transgenesis and microarrays technologies, he developed a drosophila model to elucidate the role of a gene involved in human cardiomyopathies. His scientific background covers genetics and bioinformatics and he developed a strong interest for scientific data and information challenges. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Aix-Marseille University.