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Karel Lannoo

CEPS Chief Executive

Center for European Policy Studies

Chief executive of CEPS since 2000, a leading independent European think tank – or call it a top knowledge economy lab – managing a staff of about 70 persons, and debating European and global policy agendas all the time.

Regular speaker in hearings for national and international institutions (EU Commission, European Parliament and related), at international conferences and for corporates.

Independent director of BME (Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles), the listed company that manages the Spanish securities markets (2006-2018); member of advisory councils.

Latest book: ‘The Great Financial Plumbing, From Northern Rock to Banking Union’, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015; author of many op-eds and articles.

Karel Lannoo holds a baccalaureate in philosophy (1984) and a MA in modern history (1985) from the University of Leuven, Belgium and obtained a postgraduate in European studies (Centre d’Etudes européennes, CEE) from the University of Nancy, France (1986). Before joining CEPS, he worked for STUC (students’ cultural centre in Leuven), did a stage in the EU Commission (spokesmen’s service in Jacques Delors’ time), was employed by an Italian agro-food company (Ferruzzi of Raul Gardini) and a professional association, and was also active as free-lance journalist (a.o. for the FT’s Financial Regulation Report for many years).


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