Bea Mahieu is a Partner at Technopolis Group with 20 years of experience in the delivery of advice and support to research and innovation policy-makers. Her key expertise is in the assessment of research and innovation governance systems, policies and programmes – at the European and national level.
European Commission policies, initiatives and R&I programmes are major strands 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 and the Interim evaluation of the DG GROW COSME programme. The evaluation of EC communication activities is an increasingly important part of her portfolio, including the evaluation of the first year of the EC #InvestEU campaign and the current evaluation of DG REGIO’s communication activities.
Bea has also led several complex studies supporting the design of R&I strategies and programmes, as well as research funding and evaluation systems in the national contexts, taking a pronounced systemic approach to the analyses. She has coordinated or contributed to studies that supported policy-makers in the reform of their R&I (governance) system in, amongst others, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, and Tunisia. She also advised the Czech and Bulgarian ministries of education and research on the design and implementation of national evaluation and performance-based research funding systems in their countries, and coordinated the H2020 PSF Mutual Learning Exercise on Performance-based funding of University Research, bringing together government officials of 14 EU Member States to discuss international practice in the field, guided by an expert panel.
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, and Czech, and has a good understanding of German and Spanish.