Kay Parplies

European Commission (DG DEVCO)

Kay Parplies is the Head of Unit for Investment and Innovative Financing in the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), where he works, among other areas, in the development of innovative blending instruments, such as equity, guarantees and risk-sharing mechanisms, implemented in cooperation with partner financial institutions. An important current focus of his work is the EU External Investment Plan. Before joining DG DEVCO, Kay headed the unit for coordination with the EIB Group, EBRD and other IFIs.

Prior to that position he was a senior economist in the trade directorate's Chief Economist team. Kay joined the Commission in 2000 as a case officer for merger control at DG Competition. Before joining the European Commission, Kay worked for NatWest Markets' project finance and advisory division. He holds a Ph.D. in industrial economics from Cambridge University and a M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from Warwick University.