Geert Laporte, Belgian national, is Deputy Director at ECDPM and Guest Professor at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at the University of Ghent. 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 partners in different parts of the world.
His thematic areas of specialisation include EU external action and development policy, the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy with a particular focus on the political dimensions of international cooperation, governance, conflict and development, policy coherence for development and regional integration. He has been involved in extensive policy research, institutional audits, evaluations and publications on various aspects of EU-ACP and EU-Africa relations. He has also built a longstanding experience in policy dialogue facilitation and institutional and capacity development. Prior to joining ECDPM in 1990 he has worked for several years as a research fellow and later as an assistant at the Centre for Third World Studies at the University of Ghent in Belgium, where he mainly worked on the management of international cooperation in Latin America. Geert Laporte holds a Master in Contemporary History and a Master in Development Studies with specialisation in Public Administration from the University of Ghent.