Senior Research Fellow SEERC and Graduate Faculty member Florida AM University in Brussels, Belgium
I am a former EU official, advising organisations, governments and local and regional authorities on innovation, growth and technological change. An engineer and planner by training, I have more than 30 years’ experience on the European integration process. I have recently retired from the services of the European Commission following a career of over 26 years in Brussels, where I worked in many policy areas including Education and Training, Information and Communication Technologies, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Regional Innovation Ecosystems with an emphasis on interactions and synergies between the Union’s Research and Innovation and Cohesion Policies (European Structural and Investment Funds).
In recent years, I led the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation Unit on the Regional Dimension of Innovation (now called ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation) managing the legacy 7th Framework Programme actions on “Regions of Knowledge” and “Research Potential”, building links with the Union's Cohesion Policy, with a strong focus on developing Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), ensuring the Commission’s link with the Joint Programming Initiative on “Urban Europe” and launching the ground-breaking actions on closing the innovation divide (new Horizon 2020 Part IV on Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation - Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs).
I enjoy giving talks, moderating meetings and communicating on Europe, in particular on innovation and the management of technological change. I am based in Brussels and can be reached at [email protected] I am also active on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/dimitricorpakis) and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/DimitriCorpakis).
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