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Dr ir Koen Jonkers

Deputy Head of the Knowledge for Finance, Innovation and Growth Unit at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

The Unit supports the formulation of EU policies in collaboration with other JRC Units in a wide range of areas e.g. EMU, taxation, employment, education, innovation, regional policies and digital transformation. The Unit represents the JRC in several European Semester country teams of the European Commission.

Recently, it has assessed the challenges of the EU innovation ecosystem, the impact of financial instruments on high growth innovative companies, developed a framework for the assessment of the impact of Universities on innovation, mapped the drivers and barriers of European University partnerships, and is currently working on topics such as the future of education and work as well as the analysis of the Chinese R&I system.

Before joining the European Commission Koen worked as a Ramon y Cajal Fellow at the CSIC Institute for Public Goods and Policies. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and master degrees in both engineering and the social sciences from different European Universities.

He is currently a Cambridge Science and Policy Fellow. He has made around 40 publications on Research and Innovation related policy issues.

To this end he has carried out extensive fieldwork in China, Japan, Latin America and various European countries. His present activities include the aforementioned research lines of my unit.