Belgium

Bea Mahieu

Bea Mahieu is a Principal Consultant with 20 years experience in the evaluation and impact assessment of research and innovation governance systems, policies and programmes – at European and national level.  

Bea has led several complex studies focusing on R&I governance systems and processes, providing policy advice and support to national policy makers for the design of R&I strategies and programmes, their implementation processes and evaluation. A recent assignment in this field was the study developing the new national evaluation system for the Czech Republic. Bea also acted as project manager for numerous H2020 Policy Support Facility studies, supporting governments in the EU Member States in their reform of the R&I (governance) system. The design and implementation of performance-based research funding systems is an area of specific expertise; she advised the Czech and Bulgarian governments on the topic and contributed to the recent review of the UK Research Excellence Framework. 

European Commission policies, initiatives and R&I programmes is a major strand of her activities. Bea has designed the methodology and led the implementation of numerous evaluation and socio-economic impact assessment studies. Recent assignments include the H2020 Mid-term evaluation of the Space Technologies programme, the Interim evaluation of the DG GROW COSME programme, and the evaluation of the EC corporate #InvestEU campaign. Thematically, her core expertise is in the field of ICT and ICT-enabled innovation. Topics covered range from ICT for health, smart ageing, and education, to telecommunication networks, applications of the cloud technology, research (e)infrastructures, big data, open data, open access, science 2.0 and research information systems. 

Bea is Italian (of Belgian origins). She holds a Masters degree in Slavic Philology from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Czech Literature from the Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). She is fluent in Dutch, Italian, English, French, German and Czech.