Senior Economist at DG Grow - European Commission
Rudy Aernoudt is an experienced Professor of Corporate Finance and European policy and has outstanding International and European experience (MIT, OECD, European Commission, European Council and European Social and Economic Committee). He occupied Chief of Staff (Director of Cabinet) positions at different governance levels (Europe, Belgium, Flanders, Wallonia), and served in the Belgian government as Secretary-General for Economy, Science and Innovation. He was director-general of OLPC (One Laptop Per Child, spinoff MIT) and a curator at TEDx Brussels.
He is currently a Senior Economist at the European Commission dealing with space economics, enterprise and entrepreneurship, financing of enterprises and industrial policy and a professor of Corporate Finance at the universities of Ghent and Nancy. He is co-founder of EBAN, the European Business Angels Network and founder of FREE (the Foundation for the Research on Education and Entrepreneurship), cofounder of Growth Academy for Enterprises and European Chair of the WBAF (World Business Angel Forum).
He holds Masters (triple cum laude) in Thomistic Philosophy (University of Leuven), in Industrial and Monetary Economy (University of Leuven) and in European economy (college of Europe).
He is also a columnist for FD Magazine, CXO and Trends, and the author of several books (30+) and papers (300+) on corporate finance, politics and economics. His handbooks "Financial Management in Practice" and "Entrepreneurship, no guts, no glory" (both Intersentia, Cambridge), are widely used both in the academic and business world. He expressed his vision of the future of Belgium in his book: "Corona crisis: an electroshock for Belgium?" (in French & Dutch) and on Europe in his book "Europe: a look behind the screens" (2022). He received several awards (democracy, political mood, entrepreneurship plan, etc).
Professor Rudy Aernoudt will be a speaker at the Open Panel Discussion (8th of June, 11:00)
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