• Mark Leonard


    Mark Leonard is co-founder and Director of ECFR. He is author of two best-selling books - 'Why Europe will run the 21st Century' and 'What does China think', which have been published in over 20 languages. Mark has spent time in Washington and Beijing and was honoured as a 'Young Global Leader' of the World Economic Forum. He writes a regular syndicated column on global issues for Reuters and his essays appear regularly in publications including The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Le Monde, The New Statesman, The New York Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, El Paí­s, Gazeta Wyborcza, and the Washington Post.

Board of Trustees
ECFR's Board members are: Carl Bildt (co-chair), Emma Bonino (co-chair), Ian Clarkson, Lykke Friis, Sylvie KauffmannIvan Krastev, Mabel van Oranje (co-chair), Andrzej Olechowski, Andrew Puddephatt, Norbert RöttgenJavier Solana, Helle Thorning-Schmidt

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.

Ian Clarkson

Founder of Celerant Consulting

Ian Clarkson founded Celerant Consulting in 1987 and sold it in 2012 to Hitachi of Japan. When Celerant was sold it was one of the 10 largest operational consultancies in the world with a global footprint, 600 full-time employees and more than $140m of revenue. He is currently working on the education agenda in the UK combining strategy and practicality through the Chairmanship of Bright Field Consulting and participation as a director of 2 large Academy schools.

Lykke Friis

German correspondent for the Danish daily Berlingske Tidende

Lykke Friis, PhD, is German correspondent for the Danish daily Berlingske Tidende. She is former Prorector for Education at the University of Copenhagen, and 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.

Sylvie Kauffmann

Editorial Director, leader writer and columnist, Le Monde

Sylvie Kauffmann is editorial director, leader writer and columnist at Le Monde, writing a weekly column on global affairs. She is also a contributing writer at the International New York Times. She was Editor in Chief of Le Monde from 2010-11 including during the Wikileaks collaboration with El País, The Guardian and the New York Times. She has worked at Le Monde since 1988 and has reported from the US, Eastern Europe and Asia, where she covered, among others, the collapse of the Soviet empire as well as the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

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.

Andrzej Olechowski

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Minister of Finance of Poland

Dr. Andrzej Olechowski is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bank Handlowy, a Director of Euronet and a Member of the Supervisory Board of P4. A former Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-95) and Minister of Finance (1992), he was a candidate in Presidential elections (2000 and 2010) and a founder of the Civic Platform. Educated at the Central School of Planning and Statistics (Ph.D., 1979), he is a professor at Vistula University and the author of a number of publications on international trade and foreign policy.

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.

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.

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.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Former Prime Minister of Denmark

Formerly the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt led a coalition government from 2011 until 2015. She was member of Parliament and the Leader of the Social Democratic Party for 10 years. She was a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, and previously worked as an international adviser to the Confederation of Trade Unions. Throughout her career she has tackled significant national and global issues, specifically with regards to children’s rights. In 2015 she was appointed to the Education Financing Commission led by Gordon Brown. As CEO of Save the Children, Helle Thorning-Schmidt now oversees humanitarian and development programmes that directly reach 55 million children in around 120 countries every year.

Martti Ahtisaari (ECFR Emeritus Chair)

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”.