Stephan Neetens

Stephan Neetens has been active as an expert in higher education policy at Flemish and European level since 2004. Stephan Neetens has master degrees in ancient history and law from the Catholic University Leuven. He spent the academic year 1996-97 as an Erasmus exchange student at the Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy. From 1997 until 2004 he was active as student representative at the Catholic University Leuven and at the Flemish level, amongst others as a member of the Executive Committee of the Flemish Union of Students (VVS). From 2001 until 2004 he was a member of the Bologna Process Committee of ESIB – The National Union of Students (currently ESU – European Union of Students), representing the European students amongst others in the Bologna Process Follow-up Group. From 2004 until 2010 he was active as expert in higher education policy at Flemish and European level. During this period he was chair of the Committee on Internationalization of Higher Education of the Flemish Education Council. He was speaker at numerous conferences and participated in various projects. He was a member of several quality review teams, amongst others in the review of the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Agency (NVAO). From 2000 until 2006 he was employed as collaborator at the International Office of the Catholic University Leuven. From 2007 until 2008 he was employed as aide to the director at the Hercules Foundation, the Flemish funding agency for medium size and heavy research equipment at universities, non-university higher education institutions and research institutes. From 2008 until 2010 he was employed as associate in the Employment, Pensions and Benefits Department of the Brussels’ branch of the Anglo-American law firm DLA Piper. Since 2010 he has been employed as civil servant in the Belgian Federal Ministry of Social Security, posted from January 2012 onwards to the “Cabinet” of the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Pensions as pensions expert, dealing mainly with systemic pension reform, international and European issues and second pillar pensions.