Françoise Genova is an astronomer, who has been spending most of her career at the French National Centre for Scientific Research CNRS. She begun her career as a specialist of the non-thermal radio-emissions of the planets, in Paris Observatory. From 1990 to 1993, she was in charge of space astronomy experiments at the French space agency, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). She then joined Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory, and became the Director of Strasbourg astronomical data centre CDS in 1995. Created in 1972, the CDS provides the international astronomical community with widely used, value-added reference services. Françoise Genova managed the data centre’s transition to the Internet era, and has been one of the pioneers of the so-called international astronomical Virtual Observatory (VO), which aims at providing seamless access to the wealth of online astronomical resources. She has coordinated or participated in several projects funded by the European Commission to set up the European Virtual Observatory, Euro-VO, which is the European implementation of this idea. She is an active participant in the International VO Alliance (IVOA), an alliance of all VO projects around the world that, in particular, coordinates the definition of disciplinary interoperability standards. She has been a member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data set up by the European Commission in 2010, which produced the influential "Riding the wave" report, and is a member of the Technical Advisory Board of the Research Data Alliance. She is also vice-chair of ICSU World Data System, has been a member of the Executive Committee of ICSU CODATA (2010-2012), and has been recently appointed by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research with a mission on scientific data.