Denis DamboisAdministrator, DG Research at European Commission
After earning an M.Sc. in electromechanical engineering from the Brussels University (ULB) in 1987, Denis was hired as a researcher by Philips Industrial Activities, for which he worked both in Belgium and in Germany.
In 1991, he joined the patent department of Solvay s.a., a large chemical company. During that period, he graduated from the CEIPI (Strasbourg) and from the Executive management programme of the Solvay Business School, and qualified as a European Patent Attorney.
In 1999, Denis joined the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission, where he is now in charge of a number of research-related intellectual property and technology transfer issues, including those in the context of university-industry relations.