After working in the finance industry in various IT related functions from 1977, Louis Lapidaire (1959) founded United Academics in 2010.
During the past couple of years United Academics has been at the forefront of Open Access. The United Academics Foundation supports OA advocacy, created the Open Access Library (oalibrary.org) with 1.2 million papers available for direct download and issues the Horizon2020 Compliance notes.
Louis is a board member of the Brussels’ think tank “Knowledge 4 Innovation” and a founding member of the Amsterdam Open Science Data Initiative. He participated in various conferences as moderator, speaker and panelist.
Louis combines his IT and entrepreneurial skills to support United Academics and participates in various strategic alliances to further the cause of Open Access, Open Science and Open Data.