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Karl-Filip Coenegrachts

Chief Strategy Officer

City of Ghent


Karl-Filip Coenegrachts is Master of Laws, specialized in European Law. From 1997 to 2000 he worked for the Belgian Ministry of Justice as co-ordinator for the European Union and Schengen. In 2001 he started in Ghent as advisor to the Vice Mayor responsible for personnel and IT. In that capacity he co-founded Digipolis, the intermunicipal organisation for ICT for the cities of Ghent and Antwerp, and Gentinfo, the first local citizen service centre in Europe.In 2004 he became head of Department of Strategy and International Relations of the City of Ghent and Chief Strategy Officer in 2015. His responsibilities include the long term strategy of Ghent including the implementation of horizontal policies, smart city/citizen strategy, data and information management, international relations, policy participation and European funding programmes.  He is currently also Ghent representative and President of the Executive Committee of Eurocities.