Karl-Filip Coenengrachts

Karl-Filip Coenengrachts

City of Ghent

Karl-Filip Coenegrachts is Master of Laws, specialized in European Law (Ghent University, 2006). From 1997 to 2000 he worked for the Federal Ministry of Justice as co-ordinator for the European Union, the UN and Schengen in the field of criminal legislation and home affairs. 

In 2001 he chose for a career in local government. He started in Ghent as political advisor of the Deputy Mayor responsible for personnel and IT. In that capacity he co-founded Digipolis, the intermunicipal organisation for ICT for the cities of Ghent and Antwerp, and Gentinfo, the first local government citizen service center in Europe.

In 2004 he became head of department of Strategy, Co-ordination and International Relations of the City of Ghent and Chief Strategy Officer in 2015. In this capacity he is responsible for the long term strategy of Ghent including the implementation of horizontal policies, smart city strategy, data and information management, international relations and networks and policy participation. His teams also co-ordinate all European funding programmes and projects in the city of Ghent.

He is currently also expert of the Board of Directors of Digipolis and Ghent representative in the Executive Committee of Eurocities.