Member of the Council
Managing Director of the Catholic University of Leuven
Managing Director of the R&D Dept., Professor at Economics and Business Faculty
Chairman of Gemma Frisius Fonds, a venture fund of KU Leuven
Co-founder and Chairman of Leuven Inc. – the network of Leuven-based hi-tech innovative companies
Board member of IWT-Vlaanderen, the Flemish agency for Innovation in Science and Technology
An invited professor at Manchester Business School (United Kingdom), Milano Politecnico (Italy), Tilburg University (Netherlands), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden).
Mr. Debackere is one of the leading international experts in innovation and technology transfer at universities. Under his decade-long leadership, Belgium’s largest university KU Leuven has become a dominant entrepreneurial and innovative university in Europe. One of the creators of an advanced European model for university-clinic collaboration.
Interests: technology; innovative management; research into indicators and links between education, science and technology development; university finance management; role of entrepreneurial universities in economic development.
Licentiate (1985), DBA from Ghent University (Belgium, 1990).
2005 – present – Managing Director of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)
1995 – present – Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at KU Leuven (Belgium)
1992–1994 – Assistant Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)
1988–1992 – Research Assistant and Postdoc Researcher at MIT Sloan School of Management (USA)
- Research Publication Award from the International Association for the Management of Technology (2009)
- Research Award from the Belgian Entrepreneurship Federation (2006)
- Best Research Paper Award from the Decision Sciences Institute (1997)
- Awards for the Best Research Paper in Technology and Innovation Management from the American Academy of Management (1993, 1995, 2008)