Deputy Chief Executive

Professional background

  • Head of Unit, DG ECFIN, Unit L2 'Financing of innovation, competitiveness and employment policies' (Oct. 2010 - Dec. 2015)

-  Commission negotiator of the SME Window of the European Fund for Strategic Investments. Member of the Commission’s EFSI negotiation team
-  Co-author of the SME Initiative, co-designer of ESIF joint and 'off-the-shelf instruments'
-  EC negotiator of financial instruments under EaSI; co-negotiator of COSME, RSI, InnovFin and student loan guarantees under ERASMUS+
-  Head of the Commission’s Designated Service responsible for the management of financial instruments under CIP, EPMF and the Multinannual Programme for Entrepreneurship and Enterprises (MAP)

  • Acting Head of Unit DG ECFIN, Unit 'EIF Programme Management' (Oct.2004 – Sept. 2010)
  • Deputy Head of Unit, DG ECFIN, Unit 'EIF Programme Management' (2004-Dec. 2008)

-  Responsible for the design, negotiation and implementation of the financial instruments under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Progress Microfinance Facility (EPMF)

  • Programme Manager, European Commission, DG ECFIN, Financial Operations Service (2001-Sept. 2004)
  • Auditor and Acting Head of Unit (4/2000) European Commission, DG ECFIN, Unit 'Evaluation and Internal Audit'. (9/1997-2/2001)
  • Project Officer, European Commission, DG Information Society (1993-8/1997)
  • Administrator, European Commission, DG XIII (now DG CNCT) (1990-1992)
  • Bank employee, Générale de Banque (Belgium), Central Services (1988-1989)
  • Computational linguist, Logos Corporation, Mount Arlington, New Jersey, USA. (1987-1988)


  • Bachelor in Business Administration, HEC St. Louis, Brussels (1989)

  • Master (L.L.M.) in International and Comparative Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels (1986)

  • Postgraduate degree in European studies, Institut d’Etudes européennes de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles (1985)

  • Master in Arts, Licencié-Interprète, Institut supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes (I.S.T.I.), Brussels (1984)


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