Baku Forum 2017
Koen Verlaeckt was born in 1966 in Dendermonde, Belgium. He obtained his university degree in history and his Ph.D. degree in archaeology, both at the University of Ghent, where he was active in archaeological research. Nationally and internationally, he published several books and articles, specializing in the archaeology of the Bronze Age (c. 2000-750 BC), both in Flanders (Belgium) and Denmark. At European level, he was a member of the Steering Group Human Resources and Mobility and was closely involved with policy discussions preparing the Code of Conduct and the European Quality Charter for Researchers. From 1 March 2006 to 9 October 2007 Koen Verlaeckt served the Government of Flanders as Head of Cabinet and as senior advisor in charge of science and innovation policy. On 21 April 2008 he was appointed by the Government of Flanders for a first 6-year mandate as Secretary General of the Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs. Koen Verlaeckt started his second 6-year mandate as Secretary Gen- eral on 21 April 2014.