Managing Director University of Leuven Research and Development
Koenraad Debackere holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management. He studied at the University of Gent and MIT, Cambridge, U.S.
He is a full professor in Technology and Innovation Management at the University of Leuven. He has been a visiting professor at Nijmegen Business School and is a faculty member at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. He has been a guest lecturer at various European business schools (Manchester, Kiel, Tilburg, Insead).
He is the head of the research division INCENTIM (International Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management) at the University of Leuven. This division has developed extensive experience in doing fundamental and applied research in the area of technology and innovation management.
Koenraad Debackere has received several international awards and nominations for his research activities in the area of technology and innovation management. He obtained Best Research Paper Awards from the American Academy of Management and the Decisions Sciences Institute. He has authored over 70 articles and book chapters in this field and has been involved in projects for the European Commission, the Belgian and Dutch government and multinationals.
Koenraad Debackere is the Managing Director of K.U.Leuven Research & Development and Chairman of Gemma Frisius-Fonds K.U.Leuven nv, the Venture Fund of the University. He also is a board member of Quest for Growth.
Since November 1999 he has been nominated as Chairman of Leuven.Inc (Leuven Innovation Networking Circle) and since January 2001 Director of IWT-Vlaanderen (Institute for the promotion of innovation through Science and Technology in Flanders).