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President of Competence & Advisory Team Europe
former Director-General, EU Council of Ministers

Professor Dr. Klaus Gretschmann is a former (2001-2011) Director General at the EU Council of Ministers in Brussels with responsibilities for Competitiveness, the Single Market, Industrial Policy, Research, Transport and Energy. As of 1998 and after an academic career, he served as Director General for Economics and Finance in the German Chancellor's Office and as his Personal Representative for the World Economic Summits. He prepared the G8 summits of Cologne and Okinawa and the EU summits of Lisbon, Köln, Berlin, Helsinki und Nice. In Brussels, he was involved for many years in preparing the summits of EU Heads of States and Governments. He studied Economics at the universities of Cologne (PhD in 1980), Vienna und Rom, and he taught General Economics, Public Finance and International Political Economy in Cologne (D), Maastricht (NL) and at the University of Technology in Aix-la-Chapelle (D). He was a Jean-Monnet Fellow at the EUI in Florence (IT), a Visiting Scholar at Johns-Hopkins in Washington, DC (USA) and a Research Professor at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University (D). He worked as an adviser for IMF, OECD, World Bank and helped the Austrian and Finnish Central Bank with the EU accession of their countries. He was involved in the formation of and consultancy to senior civil servants, politicians and other executive audiences from Latin-America, ASEAN, China as well as from EU institutions and Member States. He has published more than 80 academic articles and books in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese about EU integration, the European economy, Public Economics, the Monetary Union, Competitiveness etc. He is a member of the European Academy of the Sciences and Arts and bearer of the French Order "Commandeur de la légion d’honneur" and the "Order of Merit" of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Conference Topics

DAY II - Session III - Auditorium II - High Road or Thorny Trail? Redesigning EU Innovation Policy in a turbulent world