Karel Lanno is the Chief Executive of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2000, one of the leading independent European think tanks. He has published a number of books and numerous articles in newspapers, specialised magazines and journals on general European public policy, and specific financial regulation and supervision matters.

He is a regular speaker in hearings for national and international institutions (EU Commission, European Parliament and related), at international conferences and in briefings for executives as well as rapporteur for many CEPS task forces, chaired by senior European officials and business leaders (with Helmut Schlesinger, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Jose-Maria Roldan, Thomas Huertas).

At the same time, Karel directs the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) and the European Credit Research Institute (ECRI), both operated by CEPS.

He also serves as an independent director of BME (Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles), the listed company that manages the Spanish securities markets (since 2006); Member of the Euribor Steering Committee, European Money Markets Institute (EMMI) (2013 – present); Non-executive director of Lannoo Uitgeverij Group.

Karel holds a baccalaureate in philosophy (1984) and an MA in modern history (1985) from the University of Leuven, Belgium and obtained a postgraduate in European studies (Centre d’Etudes européennes, CEE) from the University of Nancy, France (1986). Before joining CEPS, he worked for STUC (students’ cultural centre), did a stage in the EU Commission (spokesmen service), was employed by an Italian agro-food company (Ferruzzi) and a professional association, and was also active as free-lance journalist