Koen Doens is the Director for Development Coordination for East and Southern Africa in the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission. In 2004, he joined the European Commission as Deputy Head of the Cabinet of Louis Michel, Commissioner in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid. In 2007, he became his Head of Cabinet. He continued as Head of Cabinet in 2009 when Karel De Gucht took over as Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. In 2010, he was nominated by European Commission President Barroso as Head of the Spokespersons’ Service, a job he occupied until the end of October 2014. Prior to his work at the Commission, Mr. Doens was in the Belgian diplomatic service, posted in Syria, Iran and the Russian Federation. In Belgium, he joined the Cabinet of the Belgian Minister for Foreign Trade, Annemie Neyts, and subsequently the Cabinet of the Belgian Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Louis Michel. Mr. Doens is also a philologist and a former Professor of Latin and Greek.
Director for Development Coordination for East and Southern Africa, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development