Nick Thijs

Senior Policy Adviser

Nick Thijs is a Senior Policy Adviser on public administration reform and service delivery at the OECD / SIGMA. He has 20 years of experience as an expert on public administration (reform), capacity building and organisational development as an academic, civil servant, consultant, and trainer.


He started his professional career at the Public Governance Institute (K.U.Leuven – Belgium), where he was responsible for research and training projects related to quality management, organisational development and service delivery in the public sector. For three years, he coordinated –on behalf of the Belgian Ministry of Public Administration and the National School of Public Administration- the Public Management Programme, an in-depth training programme for high-potential civil servants. From 2007 onwards, he worked as a senior lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA – Maastricht, The Netherlands) as a member of the European CAF Resource Centre. For over ten years, he represented EIPA in the EUPAN and other international professional networks. Since 2016 he supported the European Commission as project leader for the EUPACK (European Public Administration Country Knowledge) project, a large-scale comparative public administration project covering all EU countries related to public administration characteristics and reforms.

Nick holds a MA degree in Political Science and Public Administration (K.U.Leuven – Belgium) and is fluent in English, Dutch and French.