Stefaan DEPYPERE is the Director of DG MARE.B, European Commission
He graduated in Applied Economics (Antwerp University, cL, 1976) and as Commercial Engineer (EHSAL, Brussels, mcL, 1982).
From 1976 to 1978 Stefaan Depypere worked as an assistant at the University in Antwerp (Accountancy, Management, and Finance). After military service in 1979 he joined the Credit Department of the National Bank of Belgium before moving to the European Commission in 1986.
He worked at the European Commission since 1986 in the departments of Competition, External Relations, Trade and Mare.
He has been Director in DG Trade : Resources and Strategy (2005-2008), Trade Defence (early 2008 to 2011).
Since 2011, he works for DG Mare as Director:
. for International Affairs and Markets (2011-2016)
. for International Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries (2017-today)
All aspects of the international relations have been brought into one directorate by extending the governance concept and by adding the fight against IUU fishing.
In parallel he is Chairman (2014-15) and First Vice-Chair (2016-2019) of ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas). ICCAT is a Regional Fishery Management Organisation (RFMO) with over 50 contracting parties.
He is also Chair of the KOBE process aimed at increasing cooperation and efficiency of the tuna RFMOs.
Stefaan Depypere has been a lecturer on “International Monetary Relations” at ICHEC ISC in Brussels (1991-2005) and a regular guest lecturer at the MBA programme of the University of Antwerp.
Recent publication: S.DEPYPERE, Ocean Governance for Sustainable Fisheries, in Nordquist e.a. 372-378 © Koninklijke Brill nv, Leiden, 2017.