The ECFR Council

About the Council

The ECFR Council is the strongest and most visible expression of ECFR’s pan-European identity. It has grown from 50 founding members in 2007 to over 330 members from across Europe. Currently chaired by Carl Bildt, Lykke Friis and Norbert Röttgen, our unique strategic community brings together renowned European decision-makers, experts, thinkers and influencers who act as goodwill ambassadors for ECFR’s ideas.

Through their individual networks and collective engagement with ECFR policy and advocacy initiatives, Council Members contribute to foster and europeanise national debates on the EU’s foreign policy priorities and challenges. Working alongside ECFR’s senior staff, their expertise, insights and outreach ensure that ECFR has a truly pan-European perspective.

The Council meets once a year as a full body at ECFR’s Annual Council Meeting in a different European capital.

  • 14 Heads of state and govern­ment
  • 37 Prominent European officials
  • 53 Business leaders
  • 100 Civil society leaders
  • 17 Senior officials in international organisations
  • 20 Foreign ministers
  • 14 Government ministers
  • 25 Ambassadors
  • 38 Parliament­arians
  • 10 European commis­sioners
  • 31 Academics
  • 15 Journalists and influencers

Council members


  • Majlinda Bregu – Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council
  • Ditmir Bushati –  Member of Parliament; former Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • Remzi Lani – Director, Albanian Media Institute


  • Steven Heinz (Austria/US) – Founder, Lansdowne Partners 
  • Gerald Knaus – Founding Chair, European Stability Initiative
  • Sebastian Kurz – former Chancellor of Austria
  • Ulrike Lunacek – former Secretary of State for Arts and Culture; former Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • Alexander Marschik – Ambassador; Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations
  • Hannes Swoboda – President, International Institute for Peace; former Member of the European Parliament 
  • Andreas Treichl – Chair, ERSTE Foundation; President, European Forum Alpbach


  • Catherine De Bolle – Executive Director, Europol
  • Claude Kandiyoti – CEO, Krest Real Estate Investments
  • Marc Otte – Senior Associate Fellow, Egmont Institute; Vice-President, European Institute for Peace; former EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process
  • Saskia van Uffelen – Vice-President for Benelux, Gfi world; Digital Champion of Belgium 


  • Kristalina Georgieva – Managing Director, IMF
  • Dzhema Grozdanova – former Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, National Assembly of Bulgaria
  • Ivailo Kalfin – Executive Director, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions; former Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria
  • Andrey Kovatchev – Member of the European Parliament
  • Ivan Krastev – Chair of the Board, Centre for Liberal Strategies
  • Eva Maydell – Member of the European Parliament
  • Nickolay Mladenov – former UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Monika Panayotova – CEO, Inno Advisers; former Deputy Minister for the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency
  • Julian Popov – Fellow, European Climate Foundation; Chair of the Board, Buildings Performance Institute Europe
  • Svilen Spassov – Businessman and Publisher
  • Kamelia Slaveykova – Country Chair for Bulgaria and Greece & External Relations Manager for Central and Eastern Europe, Shell


  • Caroline Hornstein Tomić – Senior Research Associate, Institute for Social Sciences Ivo Pilar
  • Lea Kaspar – Executive Director, Global Partners Digital
  • Dario Mihelin – Ambassador of Croatia to China
  • Romana Vlahutin – Ambassador at Large for Connectivity, European External Action Service

Czech Republic

  • Dita Charanzová – Vice-President, European Parliament
  • Aleš Chmelař – Deputy Minister for Europe, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs


  • Rebecca Adler-Nissen – Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
  • Stine Bosse – Director of the Board, Allianz
  • Lykke Friis – Co-Chair, ECFR; Director, Taenketanken Europa; German correspondent, Berlingske Tidende
  • Connie Hedegaard – Chair, KR Foundation; former European Commissioner for Climate Action
  • Dan Jørgensen – Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities
  • Casper Klynge – Vice President, European Government Affairs, Microsoft
  • Nader Mousavizadeh – Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Macro Advisory Partners
  • Søren Pind – Chair, Danish Cyber Defence; former Minister of Justice
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt – Board Member, Vestas; former Prime Minister of Denmark; former CEO, Save the Children
  • Margrethe Vestager – Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age 


  • Toomas Hendrik Ilves – former President of Estonia
  • Kersti Kaljulaid – former President of Estonia
  • Kaja Kallas – Prime Minister of Estonia; former Member of the European Parliament
  • Riina Kionka – Ambassador; Head of the EU Delegation to South Africa
  • Kristi Raik – Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, International Centre for Defence and Security


  • Martti Ahtisaari – Emeritus Chair, ECFR; Founder, Crisis Management Initiative; former President of Finland
  • Anu Bradford – Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization & Director, European Legal Studies Center, Columbia Law School
  • Pekka Haavisto – Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Piia-Noora Kauppi – Managing Director, Federation of Finnish Financial Services
  • Hanna Ojanen – Research Director, Tampere University; Adjunct Professor, Finnish National Defence University 
  • Alexander Stubb – Director, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute; former Prime Minister of Finland
  • Teija Tiilikainen – Director, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
  • Erkki Tuomioja – Vice-Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Jutta Urpilainen – European Commissioner for International Partnerships


  • Laurence Boone – Chief Economist, OECD
  • Céline Charveriat – Executive Director, Institute for European Environment Policy
  • Thierry Déau – CEO, Meridiam
  • Anne-Marie Descôtes – Ambassador of France to Germany
  • Muriel Domenach – Ambassador of France to NATO
  • Ismaël Emelien – Author; former Special Advisor for strategy and communication to the President of France; Co-Founder, En Marche!
  • Nicole Gnesotto – Vice-President, Jacques Delors Institute; Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
  • Camille Grand – Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, NATO
  • Gilles Gressani – President, Group of Geopolitical Studies & Director, Le Grand Continent
  • Jean-Marie Guéhenno – Senior Adviser, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue; former President & CEO, International Crisis Group; former UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
  • Claude Guibal – Grand Reporter, France Inter
  • Elisabeth Guigou – President, Anna Lindh Foundation
  • Fabienne Hara – Special Adviser on Donor Government Relations/Europe, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Adjunct Professor, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po 
  • Sylvie Kauffmann – Editorial Director, Le Monde
  • Bassma Kodmani (France/Syria) – former Executive Director, Arab Reform Initiative
  • Bernard Kouchner – former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Pascal Lamy – Chair, Paris Peace Forum; Emeritus President, Institut Jacques Delors; former Director-General, WTO; former European Commissioner for Trade
  • Jean-David Levitte – President of the Foundation Council, Geneva Centre for Security Policy; former Ambassador of France to the United States and the United Nations
  • Natalie Nougayrède – Columnist and leader writer, The Guardian
  • Cédric O – Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications
  • Delphine O – Ambassador and Secretary General, UN Women Global Forum, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs; former Member of Parliament
  • Christine Ockrent – Journalist and Presenter of Affaires Etrangères, France Culture Radio
  • Jean Pisani-Ferry – Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Chair, European University Institute; Senior Fellow, Bruegel
  • Rémy Rioux – CEO, Agence Française de Développement
  • Ghassan Salamé (France/Lebanon) – Board Member, Kofi Annan Foundation; former UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya
  • Justin Vaïsse – Director General, Paris Peace Forum; former Director of Policy Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • Shahin Vallée – Head, Geo-Economics Program, German Council on Foreign Relations
  • Pierre Vimont – Senior Advisor, Rasmussen Global; Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe; former Secretary General, European External Action Service; former Ambassador of France to the United States


  • Niels Annen – Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office; Member of the Bundestag
  • Annalena Baerbock – Member of the Bundestag; Chair of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Thomas Bagger – Ambassador; Director-General for Foreign Affairs, Office of the Federal President of Germany
  • Franziska Brantner – Member of the Bundestag; Spokesperson for European Policy and Parliamentary Whip for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Sandra Breka – Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Reinhard Bütikofer – Member of the European Parliament
  • Julia De Clerck-Sachsse – Senior Non-Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Florian Eder – Managing Editor, POLITICO
  • Joschka Fischer – Emeritus Chair, ECFR; former Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Vice-Chancellor of Germany
  • Sigmar Gabriel – Chair, Atlantik-Brücke; former Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Vice-Chancellor of Germany
  • Alexander Graf Lambsdorff – Member of the Bundestag; Deputy Chair of the FDP
  • Anna Herrhausen – Executive Director, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
  • Christoph Heusgen – Ambassador; former Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations
  • Ina Heusgen – Deputy Political Coordinator, German Permanent Mission to the United Nations
  • Wolfgang Ischinger – Ambassador; Chair, Munich Security Conference
  • Roderich Kiesewetter – Member of the Bundestag
  • Stefan Kornelius – Political Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Sergey Lagodinsky – Member of the European Parliament 
  • David McAllister – Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament
  • Stefan Mair – Director, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
  • Almut Möller – State Secretary and Plenipotentiary to the Federation, the EU and for Foreign Affairs, Senate of the City of Hamburg
  • Matthias Nass – Chief International Correspondent, DIE ZEIT
  • Dietmar Nietan – Member of the Bundestag; Treasurer of the SPD
  • Omid Nouripour – Member of the Bundestag; Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Cem Özdemir – Member of the Bundestag
  • Norbert Röttgen – Co-Chair, ECFR; Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Bundestag
  • Nikolaus Röttger – Managing Partner, FutureStory
  • Klaus Scharioth – Dean, Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs; former Ambassador of Germany to the United States
  • Caroline Schmutte – Germany Office Lead, Wellcome Trust
  • Michael Schwarz – Executive Director, Stiftung Mercator
  • Daniela Schwarzer – Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia, Open Society Foundations
  • Volker Stanzel – former Ambassador of Germany to China and Japan
  • Christoph Steck – Director, Public Policy and Internet, Telefónica 
  • Sabine Stricker-Kellerer – Lawyer, SSK Asia
  • Eckart von Klaeden – Head of External Affairs, Daimler AG; former Minister of State at the Federal Chancellery
  • Johann Wadephul – Member of the Bundestag; Deputy Chair of the CDU/CSU 
  • Sabine Weyand – Director-General, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission
  • André Wilkens – Director, European Cultural Foundation; Co-Founder, Die Offene Gesellschaft


  • Kostas Bakoyannis – Mayor of Athens
  • Maria Damanaki – Principal Advisor, The Paradise International Foundation; former European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Anna Diamantopoulou – President, DIKTIO – Network for Reform in Greece and Europe
  • Eva Kaili – Member of the European Parliament
  • Apostolos Mangiriadis – Political Correspondent, SKAI TV & Radio
  • Kalypso Nicolaïdis (Greece/France) – Chair and Professor of International Affairs, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute; Professor, University of Oxford
  • George Papandreou – Member of Parliament; former Prime Minister of Greece
  • Alexander Rondos – former EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa
  • Loukas Tsoukalis – Professor, University of Athens; President, ELIAMEP


  • Gordon Bajnai – Chair, Global Advisory Board & Head of Global Infrastructure, Campbell Lutyens; former Prime Minister of Hungary
  • Tibor Dessewffy – President, DEMOS Hungary
  • Klára Dobrev – Vice-President, European Parliament
  • István Gyarmati – President and CEO, International Centre for Democratic Transition
  • Dávid Korányi​ – Senior Adviser on City Diplomacy, Office of the Mayor of Budapest; Senior Fellow for Energy Diplomacy, Atlantic Council; Energy Policy Adviser, UN DESA
  • Tamás Meszerics – Assistant Professor, Central European University; former Member of the European Parliament
  • Anita Orban – Vice Chairwoman, Director for External Affairs, Vodafone Hungary
  • Alexander Soros (Hungary/USA) – Deputy Chair, Open Society Foundations
  • George Soros (Hungary/USA) – Founder and Chair, Open Society Foundations
  • Réka Szemerkényi – Senior Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis


  • John Bruton – President, IFSC Ireland; former Prime Minister of Ireland
  • Lucinda Creighton – CEO, Vulcan Consulting; former Minister for European Affairs 
  • Brigid Laffan – Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies & Director, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute
  • David McNair – Executive Director for Global Policy, ONE Campaign
  • Louise Richardson – Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford


  • Giorgia Abeltino – Director of Public Policy and South Europe, Google Italy
  • Giuliano Amato – Judge, Constitutional Court; former Prime Minister of Italy
  • Vincenzo Amendola – Undersecretary of State for European Affairs, Presidency of the Council
  • Emma Bonino –  Member of the Senate; former Minister of Foreign Affairs; former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid
  • Mara Carfagna – Minister for the South and Territorial Cohesion
  • Claudio Corbino – President, Associazione Diplomatici
  • Marta Dassù – Senior Director for European Affairs, The Aspen Institute; Editor-in-Chief, Aspenia
  • Massimo Deandreis  General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center related to Intesa Sanpaolo Group
  • Emanuela C. Del Re – EU Special Representative for the Sahel
  • Piero Fassino – Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies; President, CeSPI
  • Franco Frattini – Chamber President, Supreme Administrative Court; former Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Sandro Gozi –  Member of the European Parliament; former Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs
  • Mauro Petriccione – Director-General, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission
  • Lapo Pistelli – Director for Public Affairs, ENI; former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Romano Prodi – President, Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation; former Prime Minister of Italy; former President of the European Commission
  • Lia Quartapelle – Member of Parliament
  • Elisabetta Romano – CEO, Telecom Italia Sparkle 
  • Nicolò Russo Perez – Head, International Affairs Programme, Compagnia di San Paolo
  • Pasquale Salzano – President, SIMEST Spa; Chief International Affairs, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti
  • Stefano Sannino – Secretary General, European External Action Service
  • Giuseppe Scognamiglio – President and Chair, Eastwest European Institute
  • Alessandro Speciale – Rome Bureau Chief, Bloomberg
  • Nathalie Tocci – Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali


  • Lolita Cigane – Consultant; former Member of Parliament
  • Sandra Kalniete – Member of the European Parliament; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Zaneta Ozolina – Professor, University of Latvia; former Director, Latvian Centre for Human Rights
  • Andris Strazds – Advisor, Bank of Latvia; Lecturer, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
  • Vaira Vike-Freiberga – former President of Latvia


  • Rasa Juknevičienė – Member of the European Parliament; former Minister of Defence
  • Linas Linkevičius – Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Vygaudas Ušackas – Board Member, Avia Solutions Group; former Minister of Foreign Affairs


  • Matthew Caruana Galizia – Co-founder, Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation


  • Srđan Darmanović​ – Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Ivan Vuković – Mayor of Podgorica

The Netherlands

  • Yoeri Albrecht – Director, De Balie
  • Caroline de Gruyter – Correspondent, European Affairs, NRC Handelsblad; Contributor, Carnegie Europe
  • Steven Everts – Senior Advisor on Strategy and Communications, European External Action Service
  • Bert Koenders – Special Envoy, Worldbank; Professor for Peace, Justice and Security, University of Leiden; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Rem Koolhaas – Architect and Urbanist; Professor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
  • Dick Oosting – Chair of the Board, Asylos; former CEO, ECFR; former Europe Director, Amnesty International
  • Kati Piri – Member of Parliament; former Member of the European Parliament
  • Lilianne Ploumen – Member of Parliament & Leader of the Dutch Labour Party; Founder, SheDecides
  • Marietje Schaake – International Director of Policy, Cyber Policy Centre & International Policy Fellow, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University; President, CyberPeace Institute
  • Petra Stienen – Member of the Senate
  • Han ten Broeke – Director of Political Affairs, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies; former Member of Parliament
  • Coen van Oostrom – CEO and Founder, OVG Real Estate; CEO, EDGE Technologies
  • Mabel van Oranje – Global Champion, Girls Not Brides – The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
  • Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau – Special Envoy, StartupDelta; Director for Digital Technology & Macro Strategy, Macro Advisory Partners

North Macedonia

  • Goran Buldioski – Director, Berlin Office, Open Society Foundations; Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe
  • Nikola Dimitrov – Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs 
  • Radmila Šekerinska Jankovska – Minister of Defence; former Deputy Prime Minister


  • Ine Eriksen Søreide – Member of Parliament; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway
  • Jonas Gahr Støre – Prime Minister of Norway; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Leiv Lunde – Senior Advisor on Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Erna Solberg – Member of Parliament; former Prime Minister of Norway
  • Ulf Sverdrup – Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs 
  • Henrik Thune – State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Geir Westgaard – Vice President, Political and Public Affairs, Equinor


  • Edwin Bendyk – President of the Board, Stefan Batory Foundation; Journalist, Polityka
  • Mikołaj Dowgielewicz – Director General and Permanent Representative, European Investment Bank
  • Danuta Hübner – Member of the European Parliament; former European Commissioner for Regional Policy
  • Ewa Łabno-Falęcka – Director of Communication and External Affairs, Mercedes-Benz Polska
  • Henryka Mościcka-Dendys – Director, Bureau of Investments, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Andrzej Olechowski – former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz – Head, Strategie 2050; former Ambassador of Poland to Russia
  • Marek Prawda – Ambassador; Head, European Commission Representation in Poland
  • Patrycja Sasnal – Head of Research, Polish Institute of International Affairs 
  • Radosław Sikorski – Member of the European Parliament; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Wawrzyniec Smoczyński – Independent Analyst; Founder, Polityka Insight
  • Aleksander Smolar – former President of the Board, Stefan Batory Foundation
  • Paweł Świeboda – CEO, EBRAINS, Human Brain Project
  • Rafal Trzaskowski – Mayor of Warsaw; former Secretary of State for European Affairs
  • Karolina Wigura – Member of the Board, Kultura Liberalna Foundation
  • Maciej Witucki – President, Konfederacja Lewiatan


  • Luís Amado – former Minister of Defence; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Fernando Andresen Guimarães – Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the European Commission; former Head of Policy Coordination, European External Action Service
  • Claudia Azevedo – CEO, Sonae
  • Isabel Capeloa Gil – Rector, Catholic University of Portugal
  • Carlos Gaspar – Member of the Board of Directors, Portuguese Institute of International Relations 
  • João Gomes Cravinho – Minister of Defence
  • Teresa Gouveia – former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Miguel Maduro – Professor, European University Institute; former Minister for Regional Development
  • Carlos Moedas – Mayor of Lisbon; former European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
  • Isabel Mota – President of the Board of Trustees, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • Pedro Norton – Member of the Board of Trustees, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • António Vitorino – Director-General, International Organization for Migration; former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs


  • Sorin Ducaru – Director, European Union Satellite Centre; former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
  • Mihai Gotiu – former Vice-President of the Senate; former journalist
  • Ion Sturza – Founder and Chair, Fribourg Capital; former Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova
  • Ilinca von Derenthall – Independent Non-Executive Director, Chimcomplex Borzesti S.A.


  • Milica Delević – Director, Governance and Political Affairs, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Željko Jovanović – Director, Roma Initiative Office, Open Society Foundations
  • Sonja Licht – President, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence
  • Hedvig Morvai – Director, Strategy and Europe, ERSTE Foundation
  • Ivan Vejvoda – Acting Rector & Head of the Europe’s Futures Programme, Institute for Human Sciences


  • Ivan Korčok – Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
  • Miroslav Lajčák – EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue; former Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
  • Katarina Mathernova – Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
  • Tomáš Valášek – Chair, European Affairs Committee, National Council of the Slovak Republic
  • Karla Wursterova – Ambassador of Slovakia to Italy


  • Samuel Žbogar – Ambassador; former Head of the EU Delegation to North Macedonia; former Minister of Foreign Affairs 


  • Joaquín Almunia – Chair, Centre for European Policy Studies; former Vice-President of the European Commission 
  • José María de Areilza Carvajal – Secretary General, Aspen Institute Spain; Professor, ESADE Law School
  • Lluís Bassets – Journalist and former Deputy Director, El País
  • Miriam González Durántez – Of Counsel, Cohen & Gresser LLP
  • Arancha González Laya – Chair, Wise Persons Group on Challenges Facing the European Union; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • José Manuel González-Páramo – President, European DataWarehouse; Professor, IESE Business School; Advisor, BBVA
  • Diego Hidalgo – Co-Founder, El País; Founder and President, FRIDE; Co-Founder, Club de Madrid 
  • Alejandra Kindelán Oteyza – Head of Research and Public Policy, Santander
  • Javi López – Member of the European Parliament
  • Cristina Manzano – Director, Esglobal
  • Valentina Martínez Ferro – Member of Parliament; Secretary for International Affairs of Partido Popular
  • Rocío Martínez-Sampere – Director, Fundacion Felipe Gonzalez
  • Enrique Mora – Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs, Political Director, European External Action Service
  • Manuel Muñiz – Provost & Dean, School of Global and Public Affairs, IE University; former Secretary of State for Global Spain, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Andrés Ortega Klein – Senior Research Fellow, Real Instituto Elcano; former Director of Policy Planning, Office of the Prime Minister
  • Ana Palacio – Founder, Palacio y Asociados; former Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, World Bank Group
  • Eva Piera – Chief External Relations and Communication Officer, MAPFRE
  • Charles Powell (Spain/UK) – Director, Real Instituto Elcano
  • José María Robles Fraga – Ambassador of Spain to Lithuania
  • Toni Roldán Monés –  Director, Esade Centre for Economic Policy and Political Economy; former Member of Parliament
  • Alejandro Romero – Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Constella Intelligence
  • Narcís Serra – President, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals; former Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
  • María Sicilia de Bruyelle – Strategy Director, Enagas S.A.
  • Javier Solana – President, Esade Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics; former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy; former Secretary-General, NATO
  • Anna Terrón Cusí – Director, International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies 
  • Jordi Vaquer – Director, Global Foresight and Analysis, Open Society Foundations


  • Urban Ahlin – Ambassador of Sweden to Canada
  • Erik Berglof – Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; Director, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics
  • Carl Bildt – Co-Chair, ECFR; Vice-Chair, KREAB; former Prime Minister of Sweden; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Gunilla Carlsson – Vice-Chair, Global Fund Strategy Committee; former Deputy Director, UNAIDS; former Minister for International Development Cooperation
  • Nicola Clase – Ambassador of Sweden to Finland
  • Karin Forseke (Sweden/USA) – Non-Executive Director, Greater Than AB
  • Jytte Guteland – Member of the European Parliament
  • Carin Jämtin – Director General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Authority 
  • Diana Janse – Senior Fellow, Stockholm Free World Forum; former Ambassador of Sweden to Mali
  • Ann Linde – Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Gustav Lindstrom – Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies 
  • Cecilia Malmström – Visiting Professor, University of Gothenburg; former European Commissioner for Trade
  • Daniel Sachs – CEO, Proventus
  • Annika Söder – President, European Institute of Peace
  • Maria Weimer – former Member of Parliament


  • Flavia Kleiner – Co-Founder, Operation Libero
  • Martina Larkin – Senior Advisor to the Chair and President, World Economic Forum 
  • Maria Livanos Cattaui – Member of the Global Board, OSF; former Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Beatrice Weder di Mauro – President, Centre for Economic Policy Research


  • Senem Aydin-Düzgit – Professor of International Relations, Sabanci University; Academic Affairs Coordinator, Istanbul Policy Centre 
  • Umit Boyner – Board Member, Boynergrup
  • Ahmet Davutoğlu – former Prime Minister of Turkey
  • Hanzade Doğan Boyner – Chair, Doğan Online; Founder and Chair, Hepsiburada
  • Ece Güner Toprak – Chair, Democratic Constitution Platform; Founder and Managing Partner, Güner Law Office
  • Bahadır Kaleağası – President, Paris Bosphorus Institute 
  • Ibrahim Kalin – Presidential Spokesperson and Special Advisor to the President of Turkey
  • Ayşe Kadıoğlu – Professor of Political Science, Sabancı University
  • Suat Kınıklıoğlu – Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Turkey Studies; Executive Director, Center for Strategic Communications 
  • Soli Özel – Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Istanbul Kadir Has University
  • Behlül Özkan – Associate Professor, Marmara University
  • Sinan Ülgen – Chair, Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies
  • Can Yücaoğlu – Board Member, Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSIAD)

United Kingdom

  • Douglas Alexander – Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; former Secretary of State for International Development
  • Valerie Amos – Director, SOAS University of London; former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
  • Alistair Burt – Pro-Chancellor, Lancaster University; former Minister of State for the Middle East  
  • Ian Clarkson – Founder, Celerant Consulting
  • Robert Cooper – Diplomat; former Special Adviser, European External Action Service
  • Brendan Cox – Member of the Advisory Board, Survivors Against Terror; Co-Founder, More in Common
  • Alessandra Galloni (UK/Italy) – Editor-in-Chief, Reuters
  • Timothy Garton Ash – Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford
  • Anthony Giddens – Life Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • Heather Grabbe – Director, Open Society European Policy Institute
  • Charles Grant – Director, Centre for European Reform
  • Jo Johnson – Chair, TES Global; former Minister for Universities and Science
  • Mary Kaldor – Professor, London School of Economics
  • Mark Leonard – Director, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Daniel Levy – President, US Middle East Project
  • Adam Lury – CEO, Menemsha Ltd
  • Kirsty McNeill – Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children
  • Anand Menon – Director, UK in a Changing Europe; Professor of European Studies, Kings College London
  • David Miliband – President and CEO, International Rescue Committee; former Foreign Secretary
  • Susan Morgan – Freelance Consultant; former Senior Programme Officer, Information Programme, Open Society Foundations
  • Andrew Puddephatt – Chair, Internet Watch Foundation; Executive Chair, Global Partners Digital
  • Nicola Reindorp – CEO, Crisis Action
  • Janet Royall – Principal, Somerville College, University of Oxford; former Leader of the House of Lords
  • Adam Tooze – Shelby Cullom Davis Chair of History & Director of the European Institute, Columbia University
  • Rob Wainwright – Senior Cyber Partner, Deloitte; former Executive Director, Europol