EIT Director appointed by EIT Governing Board

Source: press release, 23 August 2019

EIT Director, Martin Kern
EIT Director, Martin Kern (photo: EIT)

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has announced that Martin Kern has been appointed as EIT Director by the EIT Governing Board. This decision will help the EIT deliver on its mission to increase Europe’s ability to innovate in 2020 and beyond.

Newly appointed EIT Director Martin Kern says, “I am delighted by this appointment and honoured to have been selected to lead the EIT. Innovation is defining our future and the EIT has developed a unique model that delivers solutions to pressing global challenges. Together with the EIT team in Budapest, we will maximise the EIT Community’s impact for our planet, Europe and its citizens. Under the EIT Governing Board’s strategic guidance and in close cooperation with the European institutions and stakeholders supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, we will continue to make innovation happen.”

Chairman of the EIT Governing Board Dirk Jan van den Berg states, “The EIT needs an experienced and motivated Director at its helm and I am pleased Martin Kern will become Director. The Board has appointed a proven leader who will continue to steer the EIT on a successful path as it prepares for an increased mandate under Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027.”

Martin Kern brings extensive EU experience with 20 years at the European Commission and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Prior to joining the EIT as Interim Director and Chief Operation Officer in 2014, he worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts.