Damien Neven Academic Steering Committee

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Damien Neven obtained Master’s degree in Economics and a BA in geography from the University of Louvain. He has been teaching at INSEAD, the University of Brussels, the College of Europe and the the University of Lausanne. His main research areas are competition economics and international economic integration. He has recently been focusing on the latter with a special interest for the law and economics of enforcement and international coordination. He has acted as Chief Competition economist at the directorate general for competition of the EU commission in Brussels from September 2006 until May 2011. He is a distinguished academic economist with a record of publications in applied industrial organization and competition policy. Previously, he was the Chief Economist at DG Competition where he led the expansion of the Chief Economist Team over just four years from around 10 to nearly 30 highly trained economists, playing a role in all major matters. He provided direct advice to the Competition Commissioner and was closely involved in a number of key developments, both in terms of policy and case assessment. These included the adoption of the Guidelines for the Assessment of Non Horizontal Mergers, with related landmark cases like TomTom/Tele Atlas and Google/DoubleClick; the Guidance Paper on the Priorities for the Enforcement of Article 102, with related cases like Intel and Velux; and the development of quantitative methods of investigation, in particular for horizontal mergers that have found extensive application in cases such as Aer Lingus/Ryanair, Friesland/Campina, Statoil/Conoco, and Unilever/Sara Lee. He also promoted the adoption of the Guidelines on the Submission and Evaluation of Economic Evidence, which sets a framework and standards for the development of economic analysis in all cases. He oversaw the economic analysis of other high-profile or significant cases such as Oracle/Sun, BHP Billiton/Rio Tinto, Mastercard, Visa, and Olympic/Aegean. Prior to his tenure as Chief Economist, he advised parties on major cases such as Airtours/First Choice, Volvo/Scania,and Tetra Laval/Sidel.

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