Alain Ruche


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Most Recent Affiliation / Department / Job Title:


  • Salzburg fellow

Past Affiliation / Department / Job Title:


  • UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA)
  • Kosmos Journal
  • Club of Rome (EU Chapter)

ISEA Bio(s) Available:


  • I started my professional career in Peru and Guatemala with the International Labour Office. I came back to university as a research assistant at the Institute for Developing Countries in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). After working with the EC (Rwanda) and the World Bank (Senegal), I was appointed EU Representative in Haiti and Dominican Republic, then posted for the EU in several delegations: Morocco, Bangladesh, Argentina and Nicaragua, being in charge of development, trade, economic, information and political affairs. In various countries, I taught at local universities. In recent years, I worked with complex adaptive systems, putting emphasis on non-linearity, interconnectivity, rapidity of change, uncertainty, holistic approach, intuition and improvisation. I spent the last years of my career as a Senior adviser to the Secretary General of the EU External Service, tasked to think out of the box for strategic and policy making purpose, also dealing with cultural matters. I am an active practitioner of collective intelligence techniques.


Last Known Location:


  • Belgium

Role(s) at the symposia over the years: