The Council

  • The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is a pan-European think-tank which conducts research and promotes informed debate across Europe on the development of a coherent and effective European values-based foreign policy. We are composed of a core think-tank of innovative researchers, a distinctive network of national offices in 7 European capitals and a Council of prominent Europeans who, through their individual networks and collective engagement, contribute to europeanise the national conversations on the EU’s foreign policy priorities and dilemmas.

    The ECFR Council, chaired by Carl Bildt, Emma Bonino and Mabel van Oranje, is a unique European strategic community of over 200 members - including serving foreign ministers, members of parliament, members of the European parliament, EU senior officials, former NATO secretary generals, intellectuals, journalists and business leaders - from the EU’s member states and candidate countries. It meets once a year as a full body to discuss the foreign policy challenges of the day. Members are appointed for a three-year renewable term by invitation from the ECFR Board of Trustees.

    Council Members benefit from the opportunity to belong to an exclusive network of European leaders; to participate in the annual meetings of the Council and local ‘Ginger Group’ meetings in countries where we have a national office; to input into ECFR’s policy planning cycle; to receive pre-publication copies of all ECFR reports; to receive private briefings from ECFR policy staff; to receive support from ECFR advocacy and media teams to stimulate debate and promote ECFR priorities in their own countries; to nominate individuals for ECFR Council membership.

    In return, we ask Council Members to commit themselves to some of the following responsibilities; to participate in our annual meetings; to support ECFR initiative by providing intellectual input and advice to our policy team; to engage in advocacy initiatives to promote ECFR goals through high-level meetings, open statements and interventions in national debates; to assist ECFR in organising outreach events in their own countries.

    Click here to download the complete list of Council members in PDF.

  • ECFR's Board members are: Martti Ahtisaari (chairman emeritus), Carl Bildt (co-chair), Emma Bonino (co-chair), Timothy Garton Ash, Lykke Friis, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Ivan Krastev, Alexander Lambsdorff, Mabel van Oranje (co-chair), Ana Palacio, Andrew Puddephatt, Norbert RöttgenAleksander Smolar, Javier Solana

    Martti Ahtisaari (ECFR chairman emeritus)

    Chairman of the Board and Founder, Crisis Management Initiative; Former President of Finland

    Martti Ahtisaari was elected President of Finland in 1994. Upon leaving office in 2000, he founded the Crisis Management Initiative. A UN diplomat and mediator, Martti Ahtisaari is noted for his international peace work in Namibia, Indonesia, Iraq, Central Asia, Kosovo and Northern Ireland, among other areas. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2008, "for his important efforts to resolve international conflicts.

    Carl Bildt (ECFR co-chair)

    Former Prime Minister and Former Foreign Minister of Sweden

    Carl Bildt has served as both Prime Minister (1991-1994) and Foreign Minister (2006-2014) of Sweden. During the first period his government initiated major liberal economic reforms, as well as negotiated and signed membership agreement with the European Union. The reform period in the early and mid-1990s is generally seen as having pave the way for the successful growth decades that followed. Subsequently he served in international functions with the EU and UN, primarily related to the conflicts in the Balkans. He was co-chairman of the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia and became the first High Representative to the country. Later, he was the Special Envoy of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to the region. Returning as Foreign Minister of Sweden in 2006, he come to be seen as one of the most prominent and vocal of European foreign ministers during those years.

    Emma Bonino (ECFR co-chair)

    Former Foreign Minister and Former Minister for International Trade and European Affairs of Italy

    Emma Bonino is a former Italian Foreign Minister. She also served as Vice President of the Senate (2008-13) and as Minister for International Trade and European Affairs (2006-08). She was a member of the Italian or European Parliament continuously since 1976, except when serving as European Commissioner for humanitarian aid, fisheries, and consumer policy (1995-99). A former Chief Observer of the EU electoral missions in Ecuador and Afghanistan, she was nominated ‘European Personality of the Year’ in 1996. During her career, she has conducted several international human rights campaigns, among the most successful – on the legalisation of abortion, the ‘Stop FGM’ campaign to ban Female Genital Mutilation, and for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. .

    Timothy Garton Ash

    Professor of European Studies, Oxford University

    Timothy Garton Ash is a historian and political writer whose works have charted the transformation of Europe over the last forty years. He writes a weekly column in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He is the author of several books including, most recently, Facts are Subversive.

    Lykke Friis

    Prorector for Education at the University of Copenhagen

    Lykke Friis, PhD, is Prorector for Education at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is former Minister of Climate and Energy and also Minister for Gender Equality. She has published extensively on matters of the EU, European politics and foreign policy and she is frequently used as an expert analyst by Danish TV.
    Lykke Friis has held close to twenty honorary offices, including Member of the EU Reflection group appointed by the European Council. She presently serves on the International Crisis Group and the European Council of Foreign Relations as well as on the boards of three major Danish companies: The Velux Group, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, and The Rockwool Foundation. Moreover, she is member of the Trilateral Commission and is chairman of the Danish Foreign Policy Society.

    Jean-Marie Guéhenno

    Director of the Centre for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University

    Jean-Marie Guéhenno is Director of the Centre for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. From March to July 2012, he served as the Deputy Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the League of Arab States on Syria. From 2000 to 2008, he was the UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations. He has also held positions with the French Foreign Ministry including Director of the policy planning staff, Ambassador to the Western EU and Chairman of the Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale. Mr. Guéhenno has also taught extensively, including as a professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He serves as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, as Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, and as a member of the Board of the International Crisis Group.

    Ivan Krastev

    Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies

    Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and permanent fellow at the IWM Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.  He is an associate editor of Europe's World and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy and journal Transit – Europäische Revue.  His latest books in English are The Anti-American Century , co-editors with Alan McPherson, (CEU Press, 2007) and Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption (CEU Press, 2004). He is a co-author with Steven Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics.

    Alexander Lambsdorff

    Member of the European Parliament

    Alexander Graf Lambsdorff has been a member of the European Parliament since 2004 and currently serves as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Group (ALDE). He is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Lambsdorff was Chief Observer of various EU Election Observation Missions and is actively engaged in democracy support as Chair of the Executive Committee of the European Endowment for Democracy. Before becoming an MEP, Lambsdorff worked in the Political Department of the German Foreign Office in Berlin and in the German Embassy in Washington D.C.

    Mabel van Oranje (ECFR co-chair)

    Chair of Girls Not Brides – The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage

    A global advocate on peace and justice issues for almost two decades, Mabel van Oranje is Chair of Girls Not Brides – The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. In 1993 Mabel founded the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans and was its CEO until 1997. She also co-founded the Dutch foundation War Child in 1995 and served on its board until 1999. In 1997, she joined the Open Society Institute in Brussels as Executive Director, becoming OSI’s International Advocacy Director in 2003. From 2008 until 2012, she was the first CEO of The Elders. Mabel holds masters degrees in Economics and Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. She helped found the global NGO coalition Publish What You Pay and was actively engaged in global efforts that led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court in 2002.

    Ana Palacio

    Member of the Council of State; former Foreign Minister; former Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group

    A lawyer by training, specializing in international and European law, arbitration, and mediation, Ana Palacio was the first woman to serve as Foreign Minister of Spain (2002-2004), the most senior post ever filled by a woman in the Spanish government at that time. In March 2012, Ana Palacio was appointed to serve as a member of the Consejo de Estado, the supreme consultative body on legislation and governmental acts. As a Member of the Spanish Cortes, she chaired the Joint Committee on the European Union in the two houses of the parliament. Ana Palacio has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group and as Executive Committee member and Senior Vice President for International Affairs of AREVA. As a Member of the European Parliament, Ana Palacio chaired the Legal Affairs and Internal Market Committee, the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, and the Conference of Committee Chairs. She is a member of the boards of different companies, think tanks and public institutions. In 2011, she was appointed Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

    Andrew Puddephatt

    Director, Global Partners and Associates

    Andrew Puddephatt is Director of Global Partners and Associates, an organization that promotes good governance, democracy and human rights.  He chairs the Danish based organisation International Media Support and is Deputy Chair of the Sigrid Rausing Trust. An expert advisor to UNESCO and UNDP he was awarded an OBE for services to human rights in 2003.

    Norbert Röttgen

    Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag

    Dr Norbert Röttgen is the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag. Dr Röttgen served as the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from October 2009 to May 2012. He has been a member of the Bundestag since 1994. During this time he has held a number of key functions within the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the German federal government. In 2009, he published "Deutschlands beste Jahre kommen noch". Dr Röttgen holds a PhD in Law from Bonn University.

    Aleksander Smolar

    Chairman of the Board, Stefan Batory Foundation

    Aleksander Smolar is a political scientist and commentator. In 1989, he became the chief political advisor to the first post-communist democratically elected Prime Minister of Poland, Tadeusz Mazowiecki and later served as foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka. Along with his chairmanship at the Stefan Batory Foundation, Aleksander Smolar is Vice Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the ‘Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen’ in Vienna.

    Javier Solana

    Former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy & Secretary-General of the Council of the EU; former Secretary General of NATO

    Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid). He is also distinguished senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, chairman of the Aspen Institute España, honorary president of the Centre for Human Dialogue (Geneva), member of the board of the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Human Rights Watch, as well as senior visiting professor at the London School of Economics, where he was awarded an Honorary Degree in December 2010.

  • Scroll down for the complete list of ECFR Council Members. Click on the name of a country for a shortcut to its members.


    Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia

    Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania

    Luxembourg - Macedonia -  Norway - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Serbia - Slovakia

    Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - The Netherlands - Turkey - United Kingdom



    • Erhard Busek - Chairman of the Institute for the Danube and Central Europe
    • Steven Heinz (Austria/US) - Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Lansdowne Partners Ltd
    • Gerald Knaus - Chairman, European Stability Initiative; Carr Center Fellow
    • Sebastian Kurz - Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
    • Albert Rohan - Ambassador (retired)
    • Wolfgang Schüssel  - Former Chancellor
    • Hannes Swoboda - Former President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, European Parliament


    • Thomas Leysen - Chairman, Umicore



    • Kristalina Georgieva - European Commissioner for Budget and Resources
    • Ivan Krastev - Chair of Board, Centre for Liberal Strategies
    • Meglena Kuneva - President, Bulgaria of the Citizens; former EU Commissioner
    • Nickolay Mladenov -  UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process; former Foreign Minister 
    • Georgi Pirinski - Former Vice President of the Bulgarian Parliament; former Foreign Minister
    • Vessela Tcherneva - Programmes Director, ECFR; former spokesperson and advisor, Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Daniel Valtchev - Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education



    • Vesna Pusić  - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs



    • Christos Stylianides - European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management


    Czech Republic

    • Simon Panek  - Chairman, People in Need Foundation
    • Karel Schwarzenberg - Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chamber of Deputies; former Foreign Minister



    • Asger Aamund  - President and CEO, A. J. Aamund A/S and Chairman of Bavarian Nordic A/S 
    • Stine Bosse  - Chairman and Non-Executive Board Member; Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen Business School
    • Uffe Ellemann Jensen  - Chairman, Baltic Development Forum; former Foreign Minister
    • Lykke Friis  - Prorector, University of Copenhagen; former Minister for Climate, Energy and Gender Equality
    • Connie Hedegaard - Former European Commissioner for Climate Action



    • Toomas Ilves  - President
    • Mart Laar - Former Defence Minister



    • Martti Ahtisaari  - Chairman emeritus, Crisis Management Initiative; former President
    • Tarja Halonen - Former President
    • Heidi Hautala  - Member of the European Parliament; former Minister for International Development
    • Jaakko Iloniemi  - Former Ambassador; former Executive Director, Crisis Management Initiative
    • Alexander Stubb - Prime Minister
    • Teija Tiilikainen - Director at the Finnish Institute for International Relations
    • Erkki Tuomioja - Foreign Minister



    • Francois Burgat - Director, French Institute of the Near East; Senior Research Fellow, French National Centre for Scientific Research
    • Arnaud Danjean - Member of the European Parliament; Chairman of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence
    • Sylvie Goulard - Member of the European Parliament
    • Jean-Marie Guéhenno - President and CEO, International Crisis Group; former Under Secretary General for UN Peacekeeping Operations
    • Elisabeth Guigou -  President of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Assemblée Nationale
    • Sylvie Kauffmann - Editorial Director, Le Monde
    • Bassma Kodmani (France/Syria) - Executive Director, Arab Reform Initiative
    • Bernard Kouchner - Former Foreign Minister
    • Pascal Lamy - Honorary President, Notre Europe; former Director-General of the WTO; former EU Commissioner
    • Bruno Le Maire - Former Minister for Food, Agriculture & Fishing
    • Jean-David Levitte - Former Sherpa to the President of the French Republic; former Ambassador to the United States
    • Dominique Moïsi  - Senior Adviser, IFRI
    • Pierre Moscovici  -  European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs: Former Minister of the Economy, Finances and Foreign Trade; former Minister for European Affairs
    • Christine Ockrent - Commentator and writer; Presenter of 'Affaires Internationales', France Culture Radio
    • Laurence Parisot - Vice President, IFOP
    • Diana Pinto  -  Historian and author
    • Jean Pisani-Ferry - Director of the Prime Minister's Economic Policy Planning Staff
    • Olivier Roy  - Professor, European University Institute, Florence
    • Ghassan Salamé (France/Lebanon) - Dean, Paris School of International Affairs; Professor of International Relations at Sciences Po & Columbia
    • Jean-Claude Trichet - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bruegel; former President of the European Central Bank



    • Niels Annen - Member of the Bundestag
    • Roland Berger - Founder and Honorary Chairman, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH
    • Franziska Brantner - Member of the Bundestag
    • Daniel Cohn-Bendit  - Member of the European Parliament
    • Gerhard Cromme - Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens
    • Hans Eichel - Former Finance Minister
    • Joschka Fischer- Former Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor
    • Ulrike Guérot - Senior Associate for Germany, Open Society Initiative for Europe
    • Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg - Former Defence Minister
    • Annette Heuser - Executive Director, Bertelsmann Foundation Washington DC
    • Wolfgang Ischinger - Ambassador Chairman, Munich Security Conference; Global Head of Public Policy and Economic Research Allianz SE
    • Roderich Kiesewetter - Member of the Bundestag
    • Eckart von Klaeden - Head of External Affairs, Daimler AG; Former Minister of State at the Federal Chancellery
    • Caio Koch-Weser - Vice Chairman, Deutsche Bank Group; former State Secretary
    • Alexander Graf Lambsdorff - Member of the European Parliament; Vice President of ALDE
    • Wolfgang Münchau - President, Eurointelligence ASBL
    • Dietmar Nietan - Member of the Bundestag
    • Cem Özdemir- Leader, Bündnis90/Die Grünen (Green Party)
    • Ruprecht Polenz - Former Chairman of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Norbert Röttgen - Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Bundestag
    • Klaus Scharioth - Dean of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs; former Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the US
    • Volker Stanzel - Former Ambassador to China and Japan
    • Michael Stürmer - Chief Correspondent, Die Welt
    • Andre Wilkens - Director Mercator Centre Berlin and Director Strategy, Stiftung Mercator



    • Dora Bakoyannis - President, Democratic Alliance Greece; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
    • Kalypso Nicolaïdis (Greece/France) - Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford
    • George Papandreou - Former Prime Minister
    • Alex Rondos  - EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa
    • Loukas Tsoukalis - Professor, University of Athens and President, ELIAMEP
    • Stelios Zavvos - CEO, Zeus Capital Managers Ltd



    • Anita Orban - Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Gordon Bajnai - Former Prime Minister
    • Tibor Dessewffy  - President, DEMOS Hungary
    • István Gyarmati - President and CEO, International Centre for Democratic Transition
    • David Koranyi - Deputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center of the Atlantic Council of the United States
    • George Soros (Hungary/USA) - Founder and Chairman, Open Society Foundations



    • John Bruton - Former European Commission Ambassador to the USA; former Prime Minister (Taoiseach); President, IFSC Ireland
    • Lucinda Creighton - Member of the Irish Parliament; former Minister for European Affairs
    • Brigid Laffan - Principal of the College of Human Sciences and Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics, University College Dublin
    • Daithi O'Ceallaigh - Director of Corporate Affairs, Institute of International and European Affairs; former Ambassador to the UK



    • Giuliano Amato - Judge, Constitutional Court; former Prime Minister
    • Giampiero Auletta Armenise - Chairman, Rothschild Bank (Italy)
    • Emma Bonino - Co-chair of the Board of ECFR, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
    • Maria Cuffaro -  Foreign Correspondent & Anchorwoman, TG3, RAI
    • Massimo D’Alema - President, Italianieuropei Foundation; President, Foundation for European Progressive Studies; former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister
    • Marta Dassù - Editor-in-Chief, Aspenia; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
    • Gianfranco Dell'Alba - Director, Brussels Office of Confindustria - Confederation of Italian industry; former Member of the European Parliament 
    • Gianfranco Fini - Former President, Chamber of Deputies; former Foreign Minister
    • Franco Frattini - Chamber President to the Italian Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat); former Foreign Minister and former Vice President of the European Commission
    • Emma Marcegaglia - President, ENI; former President, Confindustria
    • Marco Margheri - Senior Vice President Public and EU Affairs, Edison
    • Alessia Mosca - Member of the European Parliament
    • Lapo Pistelli - Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
    • Romano Prodi - UN Special Envoy for Sahel; former Prime Minister; former President of the European Commission
    • Pasquale Salzano  - Executive Vice President Government Affairs Department, ENI
    • Stefano Sannino - Permanent Representative to the European Union 
    • Giuseppe Scognamiglio -  Executive Vice President, Head of Public Affairs Department, UniCredit S.p.A; President, Europeye Srl
    • Nathalie Tocci - Deputy Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali
    • Luisa Todini -  President, Poste Italiane



    •  Nils Muiznieks - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
    •  Vaira Vike-Freiberga - Former President



    •  Valdas Adamkus - Former President



    •    Lydie Polfer - Member of Parliament; former Foreign Minister



    • Leiv Lunde - Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institute 
    • Ine Eriksen Søreide - Minister of Defence



    • Leszek Balcerowicz - Professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics; former Deputy Prime Minister
    • Marek Belka - Governor, National Bank of Poland; former Prime Minister
    • Jan Krzysztof Bielecki - Chairman, Prime Minister's Economic Council; former Prime Minister
    • Henryka Bochniarz - President, Polish Confederation of Private Employers - Lewiatan
    • Danuta Hübner - Member of the European Parliament; former European Commissioner
    • Aleksander Kwaśniewski - Former President
    • Andrzej Olechowski - Former Foreign Minister
    • Adam D. Rotfeld - Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Co-Chairman of Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters, Commissioner of Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative
    • Piotr Serafin - Head of Cabinet, President of the European Council; former Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Radosław Sikorski - Marshal of the Sejm; former Foreign Minister
    • Aleksander Smolar - Chairman of the Board, Stefan Batory Foundation
    • Paweł Świeboda - President of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy.



    • Luis Amado - Chairman, Banif (Banco Internacional do Funchal); former Foreign Minister
    • Jaime Gama - Former Speaker of the Parliament; former Foreign Minister 
    • Carlos Gaspar -  Member of the Board of Directors, Portuguese Institute of International Relations (IPRI)
    • Teresa Patricio Gouveia - Trustee to the Board of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; former Foreign Minister  
    • Fernando Andresen Guimarães - Head of Division, US & Canada, European External Action Service
    • Teresa de Sousa - Journalist
    • Antonio Vitorino - Lawyer; former EU Commissioner



    • Daniel Daianu - Professor of Economics, National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA) in Bucharest
    • Monica Macovei - Member of the European Parliament
    • Alina Mungiu-Pippidi - Professor of Democracy Studies, Hertie School of Governance
    • Ion Sturza - Founder & Chairman, Fribourg Capital; former Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova



    • Sonia Licht - President, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence
    • Ivan Vejvoda - Senior Vice President for Programs, German Marshall Fund of the United States



    • Juraj Bayer - CFO & Member of the Board, ZSE Energia
    • Pavol Demeš  - Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States (Bratislava)
    • Miroslav Lajčák  - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs
    • Mikulas Dzurinda  - Member of Parliament; Former Foreign Minister
    • Katarina Mathernova - Senior Advisor, World Bank
    • Karla Wursterova - Executive Director, International Visegrad Fund



    • Aleš Debeljak - Poet and Cultural Critic
    • Tanja Fajon - Member of the European Parliament
    • Danilo Türk - Former President of Slovenia
    • Samuel Žbogar - EU Representative to Kosovo; former Foreign Minister



    • Esther Alcocer Koplowitz - President of the Board of Directors, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC)
    • José M. de Areilza Carvajal - Secretary General, Aspen Institute España; Professor, ESADE Law School
    • Gustavo de Aristegui - Ambassador to India
    • Lluís Bassets - Deputy Director, El País
    • Sonsoles Centeno - State Attorney/Legal Advisor, Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU
    • Carme Chacón - Former Minister for Defence
    • Diego Hidalgo - Co-founder of Spanish newspaper El País; President, FRIDE
    • Juan Fernando López Aguilar - Member of European Parliament; former Minister of Justice
    • Irene Lozano - Member of the Congress of Deputies
    • ĺñigo Méndez de Vigo - Secretary of State for the European Union
    • Marcelino Oreja Aguirre - Member of the Board, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas; former EU Commissioner
    • Monica Oriol - CEO, Seguriber
    • Andrés Ortega - Author & journalist; former Director of Policy Planning, Office of the Spanish Prime Minister
    • Ana Palacio - Member of the Council of State; former Foreign Minister; former Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group
    • Eva Piera - Director of Institutional Relations, BBVA
    • Charles Powell (Spain/UK) - Director, Real Instituto Elcano
    • José María Robles Fraga - Director, International Corporate Affairs, Santander
    • Javier Santiso - Director, Office of the CEO of Telefónica Europe
    • Narcís Serra - President of IBEI, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals; former Vice President of the Spanish Government
    • Javier Solana - Former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy & Secretary-General of the Council of the EU; former Secretary General of NATO
    • Anna Terron - Special Advisor to the European Commissioner for Home Affairs; President, InStrategies
    • Jordi Vaquer - Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe
    • Carlos Alonso Zaldívar - Ambassador of Spain


    • Urban Ahlin - Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and foreign policy spokesperson for the Social Democratic Party
    • Viveca Ax:son Johnson - Chairman of Nordstjernan AB
    • Erik Berglöf - Director, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics
    • Carl Bildt - Co-chair of the Board of ECFR, Former Prime Minister; former Foreign Minister
    • Ingrid Bonde - CFO & Deputy CEO, Vattenfall AB
    • Gunilla Carlsson - Former Minister for International Development Cooperation
    • Nicola Clase - Ambassador to the United Kingdom
    • Rolf Ekeus - Former Director of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq
    • Karin Forseke (Sweden/USA) - Chairman, Alliance Trust Plc
    • Jytte Guteland - Member of the European Parliament
    • Anna Ibrisagic - Member of the European Parliament
    • Carin Jamtin - Secretary General, Social Democratic Party
    • Daniel Sachs - CEO, Proventus
    • Pierre Schori - Chair of Olof Palme Memorial Fund; former Director General, FRIDE; former SRSG to Cote d´Ivoire



    • Maria Livanos Cattaui - Former Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce


    The Netherlands

    • Dick Benschop - President Director, Shell Netherlands
    • Han ten Broeke - Member of Parliament; Party spokesman on Foreign Affairs
    • Ian Buruma - Writer and academic
    • Steven Everts - Advisor, European External Action Service
    • Beatrice de Graaf - Professor of the History of International Relations and Global Governance, Utrecht University
    • Jaap de Hoop Scheffer - Former NATO Secretary General; former Foreign Minister
    • Ben Knapen - Permanent Representative, European Investment Bank; Former Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation
    • Rem Koolhaas - Architect and urbanist; Professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
    • Dick Oosting - CEO, European Council on Foreign Relations; former Europe Director, Amnesty International
    • Mabel van Oranje - Co-chair of the Board of ECFR, Chair of Girls Not Brides - The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
    • Constantjin van Oranje-Nassau - Former Head of the Cabinet of Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes
    • Robert Reibestein - Director, McKinsey & Company
    • Marietje Schaake - Member of the European Parliament
    • Petra Stienen - Author; former diplomat



    • Ekim Alptekin (Turkey/The Netherlands) - President, Turkish American Business Association (TABA/Amcham)
    • Ipek Cem Taha - Director, Melak Investments; Journalist
    • Ahmet Davutoglu - Prime Minister 
    • Kemal Dervis - Vice-President and Director of Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution
    • Hanzade Doğan Boyner - Chair, Doğan Gazetecilik and Doğan On-line
    • Ibrahim Kalin - Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkey on foreign policy and public diplomacy
    • Suat Kiniklioglu - Executive Director, Centre for Strategic Communication (Stratim)
    • Soli Özel - Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Istanbul Kadir Has University


    United Kingdom

    • Douglas Alexander - Member of Parliament & Shadow Foreign Secretary
    • Charles Clarke - Visiting Professor of Politics, University of East Anglia; former Home Secretary
    • Robert Cooper - Diplomat; former Counsellor of the European External Action Service
    • Andrew Duff - Former Member of the European Parliament
    • Timothy Garton Ash - Professor of European Studies, Oxford University
    • Heather Grabbe - Executive Director, Open Society Policy Institute
    • Charles Grant - Director, Centre for European Reform
    • Sasha Havlicek - Executive Director, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
    • Jo Johnson - Member of Parliament
    • Mary Kaldor - Professor, London School of Economics
    • Mark Leonard - Director, European Council on Foreign Relations
    • Adam Lury - CEO, Menemsha Ltd
    • David Miliband -  President & CEO, International Rescue Committee; former Foreign Secretary
    • Chris Patten - Chair, BBC Trust; Chancellor of Oxford University; former EU Commissioner
    • Andrew Puddephatt - Director, Global Partners & Associated Ltd.
    • George Robertson - Former Secretary General of NATO
    • Rory Stewart - Member of Parliament