Our AECIT team comprises of reputable academic experts, industry leaders, and policy influencers.

Executive Director

The executive director is responsible for the daily management of Centre. The first executive director of AECIT is Dr Stefan Schepers, visiting professor European Studies at Henley Business School (UK).
Professor Dr. Stefan Schepers

Stefan Schepers is executive director of the independent tripartite High-Level Groups on Policy Innovation (www.highlevelgroup.eu), one of which is focusing on more inclusive and sustainable trade policy making and the partnership between the AU and EU. He is visiting professor at Henley Business School (Reading, UK) and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

He was director general of the European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht, NL) and chairman of EPPA (www.eppa.com). His work in recent years focused on policy innovation, governance modernization and European-African interdependence.

His recent publications are:
Revolutionising EU Innovation Policy, 2016 (co-editor Klaus Gretschmann), Innovation, Governance and Entrepreneurship in Middle Income Countries, 2017 (co-editor Sefer Sener).


AECIT works with visiting faculty from Henley Business School (SA and UK) and from other European and African business schools and universities.