Chris Barlas has extensive experience as a consultant, specialising in business and policy issues that affect the management of digital content. With a background in rights management, in 2000 he established the Rightscom consultancy, based in London. While there he advised companies specialising in technology development, content origination and content consumption, ranging from Microsoft to the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
He has worked as the chairman of an NGO and facilitated many meetings. He developed a highly organised meeting process for the FP4 project, Imprimatur, which was recognised as an important tool for consensus building.
In recent years he has worked as an expert for the European Commission during the evaluation process. Not restricted to his subject area, he has acted many times as a rapporteur, when his ability to listen, synthesize and create clearly written consensus reports concerning many diverse technologies has been highly appreciated. He has also worked as an evaluation monitor, sometimes chairing the monitoring panel.