Alexis Goosdeel

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Director, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs & Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

Mr Goosdeel joined the EMCDDA in 1999 as a project manager in the area of EU enlargement and international relations. From 2005, he headed the agency's Reitox and international cooperation unit. In this capacity, he played a central role in coordinating a network of 30 national drug monitoring centres; preparing EU candidate and potential candidate countries for membership of the EMCDDA; developing cooperation with neighbouring countries to the EU; and nurturing relations with countries beyond the Union (Central Asia, Russia, Latin America). Much of his 30-year career is working in health at the national, European, and international level.

Before to join the EMCDDA in 1999, Mr Goosdeel worked at the Catholic University of Louvain and the University Cliniques St-Luc in Brussels. He was one of Modus Vivendi's founding members, a Belgian NGO responsible for developing harm reduction programmes, and has 14 years of clinical practice as a psychoanalyst and family therapist.

He holds a Master's degree in clinical psychology from Université Catholique de Louvain and a diploma in advanced management from ICHEC Brussels Management School. He is proficient in six languages and was born on 7 November 1959 in Brussels.