Geert Laporte, a Belgian national, is the Deputy Director of The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) a “think and do tank” based in Maastricht (The Netherlands) and Brussels (Belgium) that specializes in EU development and external relations with a particular focus on Africa and the ACP. He is responsible for ECDPM’s relations with the EU institutions, EU Presidencies and EU member states, the African Union, the ACP institutions and a broad network of global partners and institutions.
His areas of interest and specialization include: the 2030 Universal Sustainable Development Agenda, EU external action and development policy and the EU-Africa and the EU-ACP Partnerships. In his work he focuses particularly on policy coherence for sustainable development, multi-stakeholder participation and inclusive partnerships, support to democratisation and governance, conflict and development, migration and development and regional integration.
He has been involved in extensive policy research, institutional audits, 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 specialization in Public Administration from the University of Ghent in Belgium.