Election of ACE president

History of the ACE Presidency

John Fingleton (Irish Competition Authority): 2003-2006
Anne Perrot (French Competition Authority): 2006-2009
Peter Davis(UK Competition Authority): 2009 – 1 September 2011  
Miguel De la Mano(DG Competition): 1 September 2011 to 26 October 2012 
Thibault Vergé(French Competition Authority): 26 October 2012 to 31 December 2013
Giulio Federico
(DG Competition): 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015
Alexis Walckiers(Belgian Competition Authority): 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017
Penelope Papandropoulos(DG Competition): as of 1 January 2018

John Fingleton, the first President of ACE, was the founding father of ACE alongside Patrick Rey of the Toulouse School of Economics and Andrea Coscelli (who worked at private consulting firm Lexecon).  John Fingleton was at the time the chair of the Irish Competition Authority before becoming the Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading in 2005.  The second President of ACE was Anne Perrot.  She was Vice-President of the Conseil de la Concurrence in France from 2004 to 2012. She organised the Toulouse, Budapest and Berlin annual conferences.  After the Berlin conference, Peter Davis became President when he was the Deputy Chairman of the UK Competition Commission.  When Peter Davis decided to leave UK Competition Commission on September 1 2011, Miguel de la Mano was elected as the new ACE president (He was then DG COMP's Deputy Chief Economist, and thereafter acting Chief Economist of the UK Competition Commission). At the general assembly of ACE in Paris October 26 2012, Miguel de la Mano decided that he would step down.  Thibaud Vergé was appointed as the new president from that date. He was the Chief Economist of the Autorité de la Concurrence (French Competition Authority).   When Thibaud Vergé left the French agency in 2013, Giulio Federicofrom DG COMP's Chief Economist Team became the new president in January 2014.  He organised the Mannheim and Milan conferences.  Alexis Walckiers (Chief Economist of the Belgian Competition Authority) took over as president from January 2016, organising the Amsterdam and Madrid conferences.  Penelope Papandropoulos became the new President of ACE, starting 1st January 2018.  She organised the Bologna conference, celebrating the 15 years of ACE.


ACE Elections to Steering Committee 1.1.2019-31.12.2021

In December 2018, we held elections for 8 new members of the Steering Committee of ACE, to serve for a 3-year period starting in January 2019.

We had a good response rate of 53%, with 148 ballots submitted.    


As a result of the election, the new members of the ACE Steering Committee starting on 1st January 2019:

Adina Claici (Copenhagen Economics)
Kirsten Edwards-Warren (CompassLexecon)
Pierre Regibeau (CRA)
Vincent Verouden (E.CA)

Julie Bon (CMA – UK Competition and Markets Authority)
Antonio Butta (AGCM – Italian Competition Authority)

Tomaso Duso (DIW Berlin)
Yossi Spiegel (Tel Aviv University)

They joined David Martimort (Paris School of Economics), Penelope Papandropoulos (DG Competition), Markus Reisinger (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management) and Ana Sofia Rodriguez (AdC –Portuguese Competition Authority) on the ACE Steering Committee for 2019.


ACE Elections to Steering Committee 1.1.2018-31.12.2020

A new member of the steering committee working for an agency was elected in December 2017 when Alexis Walckers stepped down. Ana Sofia Rodrigues (Portugal) was elected for a 3-year period starting 1st January 2018.   

ACE Elections to Steering Committee 1.1.2017-31.12.2019

Two new academic members of the steering committee were elected in December 2016 to serve for a 3-year period starting in January 2017:

David Martimort (Paris School of Economics)
Markus Reisinger (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)


ACE Elections to Steering Committee 1.1.2016-31.12.2018

In December 2015 we held elections for 9 new members of the Steering Committee of ACE, to serve for a 3-year period starting in January 2016.

We had very good participation for the elections, and a tight vote especially for the consultancy slots.

As a result of the election the following people have been elected to the ACE Steering Committee starting on 1st January 2016:

Raphaël De Coninck (CRA)
Hans Friederiszick (E.CA)
Bojana Ignjatovic (RBB)
David Spector (MAPP and Paris School of Economics)

Kate Collyer (CMA)
Penelope Papandropoulos (DG Competition)
Lars Sørgard (Norwegian Competition Authority)

Giacomo Calzolari (University of Bologna)
Greg Crawford (University of Zurich)

They joined Bruno Jullien (University of Toulouse), Volker Nocke (University of Mannheim) and Alexis Walckiers (Belgian Competition Authority) on the ACE Steering Committee for 2016.

Formation of the ACE Executive Committee and selection of the President of ACE

Following the elections held in December 2015, the new Executive Committee of ACE was formed. It includes the following:

Agencies: Alexis Walckiers (Belgian Competition Authority
Consultancies: Raphaël De Coninck (CRA)
Academics: Volker Nocke (University of Mannheim)

As a result, Alexis Walckiers will be the new President of ACE from January 1 2016, taking over from Giulio Federico.