Estelle Cantillon

E. Cantillon
Born in Namur, on 2 September 1971

Regent since 18 May 2020


FNRS Research Director at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB)


  • Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University, USA (2000)
  • M.Phil. in Economics, Cambridge University, UK (1995)
  • M.Sc. in Management and Applied Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Solvay) (1994)
  • Candidate in Physics, Université Libre de Bruxelles (1992)


  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Cowles Foundation, Yale University (2000-2001)
  • Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School (2001-2006)
  • FNRS Research then Senior Research Associate, at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB) (2004-2016)
  • Visiting Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2014-2015)
  • FNRS Research Director since 2016

Other current functions or mandates

  • Member of the Belgian Royal Academy (class “Technology and Society”) (since 2020)
  • Deputy Chair of the Scientific Council of the Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (since 2017)
  • Associated researcher, Toulouse School of Economics (since 2016)
  • Steering Committee, Rethinking Belgium (since 2011)
  • European Economic Association (since 2010)
    • Standing Committee on Research (Chair since 2017)
    • Women in Economics Committee (since 2016)
  • Research Affiliate then Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) (since 2000)
  • Member of OXERA’s Economics Council (since 2008)

Past functions or mandates

  • Co-editor, Economic Journal (2016-2020)
  • Associate editor, Rand Journal of Economics (2008-2020)
  • Member of the Advisory Board, WZB Berlin (2015-2019)
  • Executive Committee, European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (2011-2014)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Belgian Observatory for Energy (2011-2013)
  • Co-founder and Executive Committee, "Matching in Practice" research network (2010-2019)