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Dimitrios Corpakis

Dr. Dimitrios Corpakis

Former European Commission
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Dr Dimitri CORPAKIS is an expert in European affairs with a strong focus on innovation and the knowledge economy, notably at regional (sub-national) level. An engineer by training, he has to date more than 30 years’ experience on European integration. Dimitri has worked in many EU policy areas including Education, ICT, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Regional Innovation Ecosystems with an emphasis on interactions and synergies between the Union’s Research and Innovation and Cohesion Policies (European Structural and Investment Funds). In recent years, Dimitri led the European Commission's DG Research’s Unit on the Regional Dimension of Innovation, managing the 7th Framework Programme actions on Regions of Knowledge and Research Potential, building links with the Union's Cohesion Policy, especially on developing Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), ensuring the Commission’s link with the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe and managing actions on closing the innovation divide (Horizon 2020 Part IV on Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation (Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs)). He is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (FeRSA) and a Senior Research Fellow at SEERC (South East European Research Centre). Along with Richard Tuffs and Jan Larosse, he co-founded in 2018 Friends of Smart Specialisation (FoSS) ( an independent reflection and policy group based in Brussels. Dimitri can be reached at *email address protected* .He can be followed on LinkedIn ( and on Twitter (@DimitriCorpakis). A full profile can be found also on the web at .

Areas of interests in TH research

Regional Innovation Ecosystems

Areas of competence and expertise in TH research

Regional Innovation Ecosystems

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