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Head of Science and Technology Section

Delegation of the European Union to Japan


Leonidas Karapiperis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1952. He holds a B.Sc. in mathematical physics from Sussex University, U.K., and a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University, U.S.A.

After seven years as researcher at Thomson-CSF, France, he joined the European Commission’s information technology ESPRIT programme in 1988, and in 1993 moved to the Directorate-General for Research to work on international S&T relations.

From 1995-1999, he was at the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan as Press and Cultural Counsellor.

From 1999-2014, he served as the Advisor at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and has worked on the development of successive Research Framework Programmes, the coordination with European intergovernmental research organisations, international cooperation, and the development of new initiatives in the context of the European Research Area. He has represented the European Commission on the CERN Council and the OECD Global Science Forum.

In September 2014, he assumed his current post as the Minister-Counsellor and Head of Science and Technology Section at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan.


Updated 2015.04.24