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EIT Food Government Executive Academy

EIT Food Government Executive Academy brings together public sector representatives from 22 RIS countries, researchers working in the field of agrifood innovations from industry, academia and European institutions.



The Academy is an intensive MBA-type, executive-level, advisory and capability-building programme that offers insights into challenges related to food system innovations and regulations. It is also an opportunity to exchange best practices that will contribute to further improvements of Research & Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies and future development of operational programmes based on the EU Structural and Investment Funds.

The Academy is delivered by University of Warsaw, EIT Food CLC North-East and EIT Food CLC South with a group of industrial partners: Danone, VTT, and Bioazul.

Key features

  • workshops focused on real-life challenges experienced by global food industry players and actual needs of industry and customers;
  • lectures offering insights into the complexity of the food system, state-of-the-art technologies and innovations developed by the agri-food industry;
  • highly interactive learning program based on case-studies and real-life examples;
  • working with European experts in the agri-food industry and innovation management;
  • participants do not pay tuition fee;
  • excellent opportunities to build an international network of policymakers working on the agri-food related Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3), exchanging experiences to continuously improve the national and regional policies.


EIT Food GEA will be held online on 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2022 with subsequent mentored teamwork and final session in November 2022.

The deadline for application to the EIT Food RIS Government Executive Academy is on March 15th. Please apply at EIT Food Application Portal.

The deadline for applicants from Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Ukraine has been extended to March 31st, 2022
 Please apply at EIT Food Application Portal.

Please, visit the website of the Academy to find out more about the programme and organization of the event.


An intensive programme of lectures and workshops offering state-of-the-art knowledge on the complexity of food systems, management of innovations and regulation issues. A crucial part of the programme are workshops presenting real-life challenges experienced by global food industry players (e.g. Danone, Bioazul, VTT, etc.) and the actual needs of customers.

The programme is comprised of three days of classes, workshops, and meetings delivered by leading European experts in agrifood industry, innovation management, regulation and MBA level leadership programmes. It is highly interactive and features a variety of teaching tools (simulations, case-studies, etc.). The program ends with a collaborative team project.


The organizers aim at outstanding public sector representatives (including regional and central government officials as well as professionals working in state agencies, regulatory bodies or research universities) from 22 RIS countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine).

The ideal applicant should:

  • Be involved in the design, implementation and/or monitoring of Research & Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) related to agri-food industry or in defining development projects of regulatory policies related to agri-food industry in her or his country;
  • Have relevant knowledge and experience in public policy development on a regional or national level;
  • Have a leadership potential which means she or he has a track record in coordinating projects or contributing to new initiatives in RIS3;
  • Have an entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving and willingness to share her or his knowledge with other participants of the EIT Food GEA;
  • Bring diversity. We strongly encourage applications from various geographical regions and women submitted by specialists in multiple fields.

All workshops will be held in English. Therefore at least a working knowledge of this language is required.



Project lead

Piotr Nawrocki
Piotr Nawrocki

Project Coordinator Government Executive Academy

Mansour Esmaeil Zaei

Project Coordinator InfraBooster