The European Commission has decided today to appoint Michiel Scheffer as Principal Adviser in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD). He will serve as President of the Board of the European Innovation Council (EIC). The European Innovation Council (EIC) has recently been established under the Horizon Europe programme (2021-27) with a budget of over €10 billion to identify, promote and scale up breakthrough technologies and disruptive innovation. The date of effect of his appointment will be determined later.
Michiel Scheffer, a Dutch national, has three decades of experience in business, academia and public policy. He is equipped with a wide network in the world of research and innovation and has a remarkable professional experience of more than 20 years in the field of innovation, including on breakthrough technologies, disruptive innovations, start-ups impact investment.
Since 2000, he is the Founder and CEO of Polisema BV, which worked as adviser and investor for start-ups (in ICT, technical textiles, medical textiles, medical devices, energy storage, biorefinery). From 2000 until 2015, he was the Founder and CEO of Noéton Policy in Innovation BV, which was providing consulting services to firms in a range of areas including innovation management, program management and public affairs. In this capacity, he designed and managed several EU Funded Projects. He was three times elected regional party leader. As regional Minister of Gelderland, he was nominated for best regional politician in the Netherlands in 2018. He worked with over 20 universities, and more than 200 partners across the EU in large R&D Projects and he is the author of more than 100 publications: scientific articles, edited books, newspaper opinions. He authored a PHD dissertation at the Utrecht University on ‘Trading Places, fashion, retailers and the changing geography of clothing production, a study on Netherlands, Belgium, France and UK’.