To foster new ideas and inspire innovation, the EIT combines expertise with vision. Decisions are taken striking the right balance between flexibility and accountability. This is a result of the EIT's light two-level structure, which combines an efficient governance structure with a solid management team and a decentralised operational array of partnerships (the Knowledge and Innovation Communities), drawing upon Europe’s most excellent innovators.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and its operations are managed by the Interim Director, Martin Kern, since 1 August 2014.
The Director reports to a fully independent Governing Board comprising of a balance of high-calibre professionals from business and academic backgrounds and chaired by Peter Olesen; who started his mandate on 1 August 2014. The role of the EIT Governing Board is to provide strategic guidance to the EIT and it is also responsible to select, evaluate and support the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).