Leonardo Chiariglione has been at the forefront of a number of initiatives that have helped shape media technology and business as we know them today.

He obtained his MS degree from the Politechnic of Turin and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo. From March 1971 until July 2003, he worked at CSELT, the corporate research center of the Telecom Italia group. He founded MPEG in 1988 and chaired it for 32 years until he was ousted in June 2020. He has now established Moving Picture, Audio and Data Coding by Artificial Intelligence (MPAI), a not-for-profit international with the mission to promote the efficient use of Data by A) developing Technical Specifications of 1) Coding and decoding for any type of Data, especially using new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, and 2) technologies that facilitate integ­ration of Data Coding and Decoding components in Information and Communication Technology systems, and by B) bridging the gap between Technical Specifications and their practical use through the development of Intellectual Property Rights Guidelines (“IPR Guidelines”), such as Framework Licences and other instruments.

Leonardo is also the CEO of CEDEO.net since its establishment in January 2004 and  the President of WimLabs. He is the recipient of several awards: among these the IBC John Tucker award, the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics award and the Kilby Foundation award.