EPC team

Senior Advisers

Hans Martens
Hans Martens
Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES

Hans Martens has been Chief Executive of the European Policy Centre from 2002 until 30 September 2013.

Born in Denmark, Hans studied Political Science at Aarhus University and went on to become Associate Professor in international political and economic relations.

In 1979, he joined the Danish Savings Bank Association as Editor-in-Chief and Head of Information. From 1982 to 1985, he was Head of the International Department of the Salaried Employees Federation, a Danish trade union, where he took charge of the organisation’s international relations, including with the OECD and the ILO. In 1985, he joined the Copenhagen Handelsbank, initially in charge of the Economic Department and later as Head of the International Private Banking Department. There, he was responsible for economic analysis and forecasting, and for developing the bank’s investment and capital market products. In 1989 he set up Martens International Consulting.

Hans is a regular lecturer at Universities and Business Schools in Europe and in the US. He is an expert on European competitiveness issues, monetary and macroeconomic issues, demographics and the Digital Economy, including eGovernment.


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Public appearances and Acknowledgments

EU and Azerbaijan: security and integration
7 June 2013

Hans Martens and Amanda Paul travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan, to participate at a conference organised by the EPC and the Centre for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SAM) on 'EU and Azerbaijan: security and integration'. Hans Martens touched on the financial crisis in Europe during his speech, and Amanda Paul spoke on 'Nagorno-Karabakh: A Challenge for the EU'.

World Trade Centre General Assembly
23 April 2013

On 22 April, following the opening ceremony of the 44th World Trade Centre General Assembly (WTC GA) in Mumbai, Hans Martens spoke about 'Europe in the new economic order'. 

European economic and social crises
1 December 2012

Hans Martens spoke about the European economic and social crises at a conference organised by the University of Warwick on 1 December 2012.

Future of the EU
2 November 2012

On 2 November 2012, Hans Martens spoke about the 'EU in the next 20 years' at a conference, organised by UACES, Copenhagen University and the University of Surrey, in Copenhagen.

European Crises
19 October 2012

Hans Martens spoke at a seminar in Como, Italy, for the Lombardia Executives Network on the European crises on 19 October 2012.

Euro in Korea
17 July 2012

Hans Martens was invited by the prestigious Institute for Global Economics in Seoul, Korea, to speak on the economic and financial situation in the Euro-area. The speech before a large audience in Seoul was also well reflected in the Korean printed and electronic media.

Europe Week in Tbilisi
30 May 2012

From 30 May to 2 June, Hans Martens and Amanda Paul, travelled to Tbilisi, Georgia to participate in the Annual Europe Week Conference. Amanda Paul moderated the session on the EU Neighbourhood Policy and Social Transformation in the South Caucasus, while Hans Martens spoke on the panel Eurozone: Towards Federalism.

Digital Single Market
27 February 2012

Hans Martens was a speaker and a rapporteur at the Danish Presidency/Commission Conference on the Digital Single Market in Copenhagen.

Economic governance
10 June 2011

Hans Martens spoke at a conference on Economic Governance organised by the European Commission and the National Bank of Romania in Bucharest

Future of economic governance
24 March 2011

Evidence on European economic governance provided by Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg to the House of Lords EU sub-committee is quoted extensively in their final report. The report can be downloaded here

After the Treaty – the EU one year on
25 January 2011

Hans Martens spoke at an event arranged by the Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris on the situation in EU one year after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty.

European Welfare Models
22 October 2010

Hans Martens delivered the keynote speech at a conference on European welfare models and demographic developments, organised by the Commune di Milano and the Pio Albergo Trivulzio Institute in Milan. He presented the findings from the joint EPC-European Commission on “Well-being 2030”.

Euro - pean seminar
6 July 2010

Hans Martens participated in roundtable debate "Dealing with Global Imbalances – The Role of the Euro in the International Monetary System”  in the premises of the St. Anna School in Pisa, Italy.

Reflecting on the Spanish Presidency
20 May 2010

Hans Martens spoke at a conference on present and future of the EU regions-reflections within the framework of the 2010 EU Spanish Presidency, organised by Centro de Estudios Andaluces.

Taking the EPC message to Washington
26 April 2010

Hans Martens was a speaker on a Roundtable of Challenges of an Ageing Population: Workforce Management, and John Wyles a participant at the Transatlantic Week in Washington DC.

Pan European initiatives
4 February 2010

Hans Martens chaired a workshop on 2010 Workshop on ‘Key Drivers and future trends of creative industries, at the seminar ‘Towards a Pan-European initiative in support of innovative creative industries in Europe’, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Turkish Insights
22 October 2009

Hans Martens visited Turkey as a guest of the Turkish business organisation TUSKON. He discussed EU-Turkey relations, with members of the Turkish government and he gave a lecture on EU developments at the Fatih University in Istanbul.

Innovation strategies
7 October 2009

Hans Martens moderated an event on 'Innovation Strategies' during the European Week of Regions and Cities, organised by the Committee of the Regions.

European Commission/Member States Meeting on eGovernance
1 June 2009

Hans Martens spoke on productivity in the public sector at a meeting between the European Commission and Member States about the future of eGovernance in Europe.

Post Lisbon Strategies
1 May 2009

Speech by Hans Martens at a Budapest conference organised by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a think tank on Post-Lisbon strategies.