Mantas Pupinis

Mantas has over 5 years of experience in providing evidence-based advice to EU policy-makers, mainly in the areas of higher education, research & innovation and employment & social protection. Since the beginning of his consulting career, he has also been heavily involved in devising and implementing performance monitoring systems, including developing measurable KPIs and tracking their achievement progress.

At PPMI, Mantas is responsible for setting-up and overall management of complex pan-European research & consulting projects, mainly for the European Commission. He is currently in charge of two projects. First, he is overseeing the delivery of the study on quality assurance systems in the area of higher education in Europe. Second, he is responsible for providing support to the European Commission to monitor the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovations (EaSI).

Previously to joining PPMI, Mantas worked at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, where he coordinated the project with an aim to improve the functioning of Lithuania’s EU affairs system at institutional and inter-institutional levels. In 2013, Mantas undertook an internship at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), where he gained first-hand knowledge on the involvement of social partners and the civil society in the EU decision-making process. At EESC, he was also responsible for coordinating Lithuanian EU Council Presidency activities.


Key areas of expertise

  • Policy areas: higher education, research & innovation, employment & social protection
  • Methods: interviews, surveys, case studies, descriptive and inferential statistical analysis, literature review, quantitative and qualitative content analysis
  • EU programmes: Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme, Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie actions, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+



  • MA in International Relations and European Studies (with distinction), Central European University, 2012
  • BA in Political Science, Vilnius University, 2011


Selected projects

  • Study to evaluate the progress on quality assurance systems in the area of higher education in the Member States and on cooperation activities at European level (European Commission, DG EAC, 2017-ongoing)
  • Support to the monitoring of the performance of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation – EaSI (European Commission, DG EMPL, 2016-ongoing)
  • Study of business participation and entrepreneurship in Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie actions (FP7 and Horizon 2020) (European Commission, DG EAC, 2016-2017)
  • Assessing the Union Added Value and the Economic Impact of the EU Framework Programmes (FP7, Horizon 2020) (European Commission, DG RTD, 2015-2017)
  • 3rd interim evaluation of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) (European Commission, DG EAC, 2015-2016)
  • Evaluation of the operation of European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) in 2012-2015 (European Commission, DG RTD, 2015-2016)
  • Evaluation of the operation of Research Executive Agency (REA) in 2012-2015 (European Commission, DG RTD, 2015-2016)
  • Ex-post evaluation of the Health theme in FP7 (European Commission, DG RTD, 2014-2016)
  • Support to the Launch of the Successor Programme to Progress, EURES and Progress Microfinance Facility (EaSI) and the Monitoring of its Performance (European Commission, DG EMPL, 2013-2015)
  • Delivering public services: a greater role for the private sector? (Eurofound, 2014-2015)
  • Evaluation of the information policy on the CAP (European Commission, DG AGRI, 2014-2015)
  • Performance Monitoring 2011-2013 of the EU Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity PROGRESS 2007-2013 (European Commission, DG EMPL, 2012-2013)
  • Study on the social and creative situation of young artists in Lithuania (Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, 2013)
  • Good practice in urban development: projects and approaches supported by the European Regional Development Fund during the 2007-2013 programming period (DG REGIO, 2012)
  • Enhancing Efficiency of Lithuania’s EU Affairs System (Office of the Prime Minister, 2011; project funded by the European Social Fund)
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