Dimitri Corpakis

Dimitri Corpakis
Head of Unit B5, DG RTD
European Commission

Dr Dimitri Corpakis, an engineer by training, has more than 30 years’ experience in European affairs. Dimitri has worked in many policy areas including Education, ICT, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Regional Innovation Ecosystems with an emphasis on interactions and synergies between the Union’s Research and Innovation and Cohesion Policy (European Structural and Investment Funds).

In recent years, Dimitri led DG Research’s Unit on the Regional Dimension of Innovation (now called ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation) managing the FP7 Programmes on Regions of Knowledge and Research Potential, building links with the Union's Cohesion Policy, with a strong focus on developing Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), ensuring the Commission’s link with the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe and managing actions on closing the innovation divide (new Horizon 2020 Part IV on Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, which published its first open calls for proposals in December 2013 (Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs).

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