SELECTION CRITERIA FOR EIT GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS
- Members should participate in the Governing Board in their personal capacity and must therefore be independent from any political, governmental or industrial interests. Avoiding conflicts of interest may require limits on the extent to which members can concurrently hold other national or international positions.
- The composition of the Governing Board should be collectively balanced, including representatives from innovation, research, business and academia. Balance of membership should also be taken into account in terms of geographic and gender balance.
- When appointing members, consideration should also be given to including younger, next-generation leaders.
- Members of the Governing Board must be innovators, academic, scientific or business leaders with widespread reputation and outstanding leadership abilities, as well as experience on a European and global level and in more than one country. Some members could be drawn from the innovation community outside Europe.
- Members need to be able to collectively identify strategically important priority areas in fields of key economic and societal interest for Europe for the benefit of the EU competitiveness base.
- Members need to have a documented capacity to take strategic decisions and demonstrate extensive managerial capacities, with an ability to combine strategic and operational skills. Thorough knowledge of science-based and innovative enterprises is a must.
- Members need to collectively cover a wide spectrum of disciplinary areas. They should not consider themselves representatives of a given discipline, but have a broader view of overall European innovation goals.
- Members need to demonstrate the ability of working collectively as a group, and bring together their broad range of experience and expertise from leading large or private institutions.
- Members need to collectively demonstrate high level networking abilities with relevant players within and outside the EU, with special emphasis on the ability to mobilise private sector resources.
- Members need to collectively demonstrate a proven record in promoting academia-business cooperation and technology transfer.
- Members from the business community need to have experience in internationally successful R&D activities, innovative business, entrepreneurship or in the introduction of successful new technologies, possibly realised in a new product.
- Members from the scientific community need to be current or recent research practitioners, with a proven track record in scientific excellence as well as research geared towards innovation. Members need to demonstrate extensive experience in international level research management and organisation, and be up to date in current R&D management trends at the EU and global level, with special emphasis on EU goals and objectives.
- Members from the higher education community need to have a proven record in organising new curricula with a vision and experience in (re)-organising academic education, at pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral levels as well as organisation of various aspects of life-long learning.
- Members should demonstrate availability to serve for a four-year period, as well as to engage strongly in the work of the EIT during the initial kick-off phase.
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