Head of Unit Investment and Innovative Financing, DG DEVCO (International Cooperation and Development) – EuropeAid

Kay Parplies has substantial European Commission experience. Prior to joining DG DEVCO, he acted as a head of unit in charge of coordination with the European Investment Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Finance Institutions at the Commission’s DG for economic and financial affairs.
As a member of the chief economist unit at the Commission’s DG for Trade, Mr Parplies covered trade relations with emerging market economies, trade in services and trade defence instruments. His experience also extends to DG Competition with Merger Policy and Scrutiny. In a similar vein, as a case officer in the Merger Task Force (MTF), he worked on Phase II merger investigations in a range of industries, including financial services, consumer goods, air transport, engineering products and medical equipment.
Before joining the Commission, Mr. Parplies worked in the banking industry. He holds a PhD in industrial economics from Cambridge University and an MSc in economics and finance from Warwick University.