Making policies work

Geert Laporte

  • EU External Action
  • EU Development Policy
  • Policy Coherence for Development
  • Governance and the Political Dimensions of International Cooperation
  • Conflict and Development
  • Public-private Sector Dialogue
  • Regional Integration
  • Prospective analysis and reflections on the future of EU-Africa and EU-ACP relations
  • Institutional support to Parliaments in Africa


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 ECDPM.

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.


  • Responsible for the negotiation and management of multi-annual cooperation agreements with some 10 European partner countries
  • Coordinates ECDPM relations and cooperation with successive EU Presidencies
  • Coordinates ECDPM relations and cooperation with ACP and AU/African partners
  • Responsible for the development and management of ECDPM partnerships
  • Member of the Management Team

Other roles

  • Process facilitator, dialogue moderator and resource person in key areas of the EU’s relations with the developing world

External publications and contributions

    EU-Africa: Breaking the silence and the vested interests

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 16-11-2017

    EU-Africa relations - Editorial

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 16-11-2017

    Africa-Europe relations: Time to reboot

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 16-11-2017

    Geert Laporte

    Deputy Director




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