The SCB Chairman is Dr Kurt Deketelaere.
Kurt is a (part-time) full professor of Environment, Energy, Climate and Construction Law at the University of Leuven, where he studied law (1984-1989), obtained his PhD in Law (1989-1995) and (so far) spent his whole academic career. Furthermore, he was awarded the Hou-De Honorary Chair at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and has been a visiting professor of law at the Universities of London, Sydney, Singapore, Dundee, Malta, Keio and Chuo.
Since July 2009, Kurt is the Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU, www.leru.org), an association of twenty-three leading comprehensive and research-intensive universities, promoting the interests of frontier research, innovation and education for the EU institutions. For his "exemplary leadership of LERU", he was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the University of Edinburgh on the 6th of July, 2017. On 19 September 2017, he will receive the Scaliger Medal of Leiden University for his contribution to EU research, innovation and education policy.
Before joining LERU, Kurt was the chief legal advisor (2004-2007) and the chief of staff (2007-2009) for the Flemish Ministers of Public Works, Energy, Environment and Nature, Kris Peeters and Hilde Crevits.
Kurt is a member of the International Advisory Board of IE University (Madrid) and Humanitas University (Milano), the High Level Advisory Board of the Insight Foresight Institute (IFI) in Madrid, and the International Leadership Advisory Board of the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (Dubai). By invitation of the European Commission, he is a member of the Open Science Policy Platform and the ABS Consultation Forum.
Finally, Kurt chairs the Flemish Environmental Damages Commission, co-chairs the Malta Legal Forum on Adaptation to Climate Change, and is on the board of a number of profit (MRBB, AIF, AVEVE, M-tech) and non-profit (I-Cleantech, VVBBCI) organizations in Belgium. He was chairman of the Flemish Energy Regulator (VREG) from February 2012 to February 2017.
Dr Kurt Deketelaere
Honorary Doctor of Laws
University of Edinburgh
6 July 2017