First female Head of EUREKA; a wind of change

Will the arrival of Norwegian Brit Helle as Head of the Eureka Secretariat in Brussels herald a second renaissance for the world’s biggest public network for R&D and innovation?

Helle, who takes up her new role today, says that with the backing of the Portuguese Eureka Chairmanship, she will listen, learn and support the drive and ambition of our organisation.

“I will continue Eureka’s work to provide the optimum palette of programmes that best support innovation-hungry organisations and continue the implementation of Eureka’s global outreach strategy,” she says. “I’m delighted to have arrived just as we launch an even bigger and better version of the Eurostars Programme, which has already benefited thousands of innovative SMEs in Europe and beyond.”

Helle, formerly Director of the Internal Market Division of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), announced her appointment as Head of the Eureka Secretariat in June. Many see her arrival as a smart and strategic move by Eureka’s Executive Board; Helle is Eureka’s first Scandinavian and first female head.

This article was first published by EUREKA.