Geert Laporte is the Director of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), a network of leading European think tanks with 350 policy researchers working on EU international cooperation for global sustainable development.
He is also the Deputy Director of The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) an independent think-and-do-tank based in Maastricht and Brussels that specialises in EU external action and international partnerships with a particular focus on Europe-Africa relations.
Over the years he has built a strong network of contacts with EU institutions, successive EU Presidencies, EU member states, the African Union, African regional organisations, ACP institutions and various global institutions and non-governmental organisations.
His areas of interest and specialisation include: EU international partnerships and the 2030 Universal Sustainable Development Agenda with a particular focus on EU policy coherence for sustainable development, governance and democracy support, conflict resolution and security, migration and development, regional integration, multi-stakeholder participation and inclusive partnerships.
He has been involved in extensive policy research, institutional audits and evaluations and has also built a longstanding experience in policy dialogue facilitation.
Geert Laporte holds a Master in Contemporary History and a Master in Development Studies with specialisation in Public Administration from the University of Ghent in Belgium.