EIT Governing Board

The EIT Governing Board is the principal governing body, entrusted with the strategic leadership of the Institute and the overall direction of the operational activities implemented by the EIT Headquarters. It is independent and autonomous in its decision-making and is responsible for the selection, evaluation and support of the EIT Innovation Communities (Knowledge and Innovation Communities)

EIT Governing Board at Trinity College in Dublin - June 2019
EIT Governing Board at Trinity College in Dublin - June 2019

The Governing Board brings together 12 high calibre members balancing prominent expertise from higher education, research, business and innovation.  Members have a four-year non-renewable term of office.

In accordance with the EIT Regulation, 12 members are appointed to the EIT Governing Board by the European Commission. The European Commission considers the balance between higher education, research, innovation and business experience as well as gender and geographical balance when appointing members to the EIT Governing Board members. 

The Governing Board members act in the interests of the EIT, safeguarding its goals and mission, identity, autonomy and coherence, in an independent and transparent way.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee supports the activities of the Governing Board by overseeing the implementation of its strategic decisions. It consists of the EIT Governing Board Chairperson and three members of the EIT Governing Board.

European Commission Observer

In accordance with the EIT Regulation, the European Commission appoints an observer to take part in the meetings of the Governing Board and of the Executive Committee.


The current composition of the EIT Governing Board can be found here.

Responsibilities of the EIT Governing Board as outlined in the EIT Regulation can be consulted here.