Our AECIT team comprises of reputable academic experts, industry leaders, and policy influencers.

Executive Director

The executive director is responsible for the daily management of Centre. The first executive director of AECIT is Dr Stefan Schepers, visiting professor European Studies at Henley Business School (UK).
Professor Dr. Stefan Schepers

Stefan Schepers is secretary-general of the independent tripartite High-Level Groups on Policy Innovation (www.highlevelgroup.eu), one of which is focusing on more inclusive and sustainable trade policymaking. He is visiting professor at Henley Business School (Reading, UK) and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

He was director general of the European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht, NL) and chairman of EPPA (www.eppa.com). His work in recent years focused on policy innovation, governance modernization and European-African interdependence.

His recent publications are:
Revolutionising EU Innovation Policy, 2016 (co-editor Klaus Gretschmann), Innovation, Governance and Entrepreneurship in Middle Income Countries, 2017 (co-editor Sefer Sener).


AECIT works with faculty from Henley Business Schools in Europe and Africa, and with invited faculty from other centres of research and learning in both continents. It invites experienced practitioners to share their knowledge from governance and business.

Lead faculty for entrepreneurship and capacity acceleration
Academic Director for the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship (UK), Professor of Management and Business History, Programme Director for the MSc Entrepreneurship and Management Andrew Godley is Head of the School of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour. He joined the University of Reading in 1991 after completing his PhD at the London School of Economics (UK). His research focusses on the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation. He has been a consultant to several leading firms and government departments and is a frequent commentator in the broadcast and written media on industry trends.

Dr. Andrew Godley

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Lead faculty for trade policy and implementation
Professor of International Business and Strategy at the Henley Business School (UK) He is also Guest Professor at CIRCLE (Lund University, Sweden) and a Research Fellow of Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano (Italy). His publications have appeared in leading journals. He has been involved in a number of international collaborative research projects and acted as an advisor to the European Commission and other international organizations. Davide is also Director of Postgraduate Research Studies within the International Business and Strategy unit. He is a member of the independent tripartite High-Level Group on Trade Policy Innovation (Brussels, B).

Dr. Davide Castellani

African European Centre for Investment and Trade Dr. Davide Castellini