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Stefan Schepers

Stefan Schepers concentrates on aligning the interfaces between EU policy making and business. His work contributes to competitiveness and innovation of corporations, and thus to their resilience in today’s volatile context.

As a consultant to business and government since 1990, he saw that in a deeply competitive and over supplied market, the role of directors and top management is crucial for continued and sustained enterprise success. The hard side to strategy no longer offers sufficient competitive advantage. It are intangibles, such as public policy alignment and regulatory risk management, social contract and brand strength, that offer the critical differentiation.

Besides this work, he conceived in 2012, following a request of the Council Presidency, a unique and innovative way of public-private-academic sector collaboration with the objective to inject innovative policy ideas into the EU system, path independent and taking account of new contextual conditions. This led to the setting up of independent, tripartite High Level Groups for Policy Innovation.

At the beginning of his career, he was director-general of the European Institute of Public Administration (1981-1990), he had learned that overlooking the role of public governance in markets always comes at a high price: deteriorating framework conditions for competitiveness and weakening social fabric. Modern public governance has traditionally been focussed on capital allocation, market regulation, social protection. The building of the single market in these years provided deep insights and experience for later use.

He is visiting professor European Studies at the Henley Business School, University of Reading (UK) and director of the African-European Centre for Investment and Trade (AECIT) at Henley campus in Johannesburg (SA).

He was elected as member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

He is a director of the Empress Theophano Foundation (Thessaloniki, GR) and of other foundations as well as of companies.

He co-edited, with Andrew Kakabadse, “Rethinking the Future of Europe” (2014); with Klaus Gretschmann “Revolutionising EU Innovation Policy” (2016); with Sefer Sener “Innovation Governance and Entrepreneurship” (2017). For his other publications and more details see

Stefan Schepers, a Belgian national, holds Master degrees in Law (University of Leuven, Belgium) and in European Studies (University of Strasbourg, France), and a PH.D. in Political Science (University of Edinburgh, Great Britain). He operates in English, French, Dutch and German and has a working knowledge of Spanish.