Prof. Dr. Gabriel M. Crean is currently advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on digitalization of the Luxembourg economy, smart specialization and the European high performance computing initiative.
Prof. Dr. Crean has an extensive background as an academic, scientist, entrepreneur, research and innovation director, senior University leader and chief executive officer. He has wide-ranging experience in European education, science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship policy as well as broader whole-of-economy sustainable industrial policy.
Professor Crean was globally recognised for his passion and capacity to connect scientists from around the world and his strategic engagement to build international scientific networks, when he was elected President of the International Union of Materials Research Societies from 2007-2009.
Prof. Crean has also encouraged new ways of looking at and stimulating the interface between civil society and science, technology and innovation communities of interest. In recognition of his work, Prof. Crean was elected a Lifetime Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; Academia Scientiarum Et Artium Europaea, in 2011.
Professor Crean has played a key role at European level in the formulation of European Union research, development and innovation policy. From 2010 to 2014, he was the Chair (Sherpa) of the European Commission High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). From 2011 to 2015, Prof. Crean was a member of a high level team of experts advising the European Commission on how to establish more effective regional economic links and growth, along with robust ecosystems, as a member of the European Commission Smart Specialisation Mirror Group.
Prof. Crean has been widely recognised for his work in European policy fora and is an invited Academic Fellow of the European Policy Centre (EPC) since 2012. From 2013 to 2015, he chaired the EPC Taskforce on “European Industrial Policy” to foster sustainable economic growth.
Professor Crean has extensive senior international scientific and innovation management experience in the world’s most innovative public research organisation, the Atomic Energy and Alternatives Energy Commission (CEA) of France. He was the Vice-President for Technology and Director for Europe of CEAtech, the Division of Technological Research of the CEA, from 2012 to May 2015. Prior to that, Professor Crean was the Scientific Director of the Division of Technological Research of CEA from 2009 to 2012. He has also led national research institutes in Ireland, France and Luxembourg.
Prof. Crean received a Doctor Honoris Causa in 2014 from the Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland for his contribution to promoting European innovation.