- Young Professionals Summit
YPS Bios 2015
Thomas Bagger, Head of Policy Planning, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Dr. Thomas Bagger is head of policy planning at the German Federal Foreign Office. From 2009-11, he served as head of the Foreign Minister’s Office in Berlin. His previous postings abroad were Washington, DC, Ankara, and Prague. Before he joined the German Diplomatic Service in 1992, he worked as a research associate at the Institute of International Affairs (SWP) in Ebenhausen, Germany. Bagger holds a master’s in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a doctorate from Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich.
Michal Baranowski, Director, Warsaw Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Michal Baranowski is the director of GMF’s Warsaw office, where he focuses on transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy, and the relations between the United States and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Prior to helping launch the Warsaw office, he served at GMF’s headquarters in Washington, DC, where he developed GMF’s programming in Poland and CEE. Before that posting, Baranowski worked in GMF’s Brussels office, where he focused on EU and U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Georgia, and where he also established the Young Transatlantic Network. He has been published in Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita, the Warsaw Business Journal, the Kyiv Post, and GMF’sTransatlantic Take series. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Western Affairs in Poznań, Poland.
Kristine Berzina, Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Kristine Berzina is a transatlantic fellow in the Energy & Society program at GMF, where she is responsible for leading energy programming in Europe and contributing to GMF’s work in the United States. Berzina is an expert on transatlantic energy issues and has authored several publications about energy security, transatlantic energy trade flows, resource exploration in the Arctic, European bioenergy policy, resource efficiency, foreign policy in the Baltic States, and international affairs more broadly. Her analysis has appeared in Roll Call and The Christian Science Monitor, and she has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Le Temps, EnergyWire, and the SNL Daily Gas Report.
Esther Brimmer, J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor, George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs
Dr. Esther D. Brimmer has served at the U.S. Department of State three times, most recently as the U.S. assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs from April 2009 to June 2013. She was a member of the Policy Planning Staff from 1999-2001, and from 1993-95 was special assistant to the under secretary for political affairs. She was deputy director and director of research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies from 2001-09. From 1995-99, she was a senior associate at the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. Earlier, she served on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Analyst for the Democratic Study Group in the U.S. House of Representatives. Brimmer has served on the Board of Trustees of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University.
Reinhard Bütikofer, Member, European Parliament
Reinhard Bütikofer is a member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA) and the co-chair of the European Green Party. He sits on the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy and is a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), as well as the Sub-Committees on Security and Defence and Human Rights. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Endowment for Democracy and a delegated chair of the AFET Working Group on External Financing Instruments. He is vice-chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Delegation to the United States.
Ajenai Clemmons, Policy Director, National Black Caucus of State Legislators
Ajenai Clemmons serves as policy director for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), a Washington, DC-based non-profit that operates as a national network and research clearinghouse for approximately 675 African-American state legislators across the country and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As policy director, she oversees a team that plans and executes policy symposia, produces a quarterly magazine and monthly briefs, manages the organization’s policy resolutions process, and coordinates meetings with congressional members, administration officials, stakeholders, and corporate partners. She was formerly the ombudsman for Denver’s Office of the Independent Monitor, where she helped establish a civilian agency that monitors police and sheriff internal affairs investigations.
Sophie Dembinski, Program Coordinator, Asia Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Sophie Dembinski is the program coordinator for GMF’s Asia program in Brussels. Her areas of specialization include EU-Asia relations, Asia-emerging markets relations, and China’s political and legal systems. Prior to joining GMF in February 2013, Dembinski worked as a Middle East and North Africa research associate at the Eurasia Group. She has also worked as a junior team leader for financial markets and investments at Promexico, as a Europe desk analyst with Wikistrat, and as a consultant at the microfinance organization Silver Holders in Uganda. Dembinski has been a rotary humanitarian ambassador of Goodwill, and received a diploma from the European Diplomatic Academy in Warsaw.
Thierry Déau, Founding Partner and CEO, Meridiam
Thierry Déau is chairman and CEO of Meridiam, a leading independent global investor and asset manager specializing in public and community infrastructure founded in 2005. He began his career in Malaysia with the construction firm GTM International. He then joined France’s Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, where he held several positions in its investment and development subsidiary Egis Projects, moving up from project manager to director of concession projects, and finally to his appointment as CEO of Egis in 2001. During Déau’s tenure at Egis, he headed up international operations for the Egis Group executive committee, served on its risk management committee, and served as member and chairman on the boards of several subsidiaries. He is a graduate of France’s engineering school, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.
Jonathan Evans, Head of Executive Office, EVP Strategy & Regions, BP
Dr. Jonathan Evans holds a master’s in geological sciences from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in shale geochemistry from Reading University. He undertook post-doctoral research in oil and gas reservoir quality at Strasbourg University. Evans joined BP in 1990 and spent ten years in technical geoscience roles within BP’s Exploration & Production (E&P) businesses before moving to work in Mergers & Acquisitions, then into BP’s Group Strategy team. In 2003, he became commercial director for the Grangemouth Refining and Petrochemicals Complex in Scotland before returning to E&P in 2005. Between 2005 and 2009, Evans led BP’s E&P business in India and Pakistan and then became general manager of BP Oman in May 2009. In April 2012, he was appointed BP’s Global VP Access based in London. In August 2014, he moved to his current position as head of Executive Office for Strategy & Regions.
Geraldine Gardner, Director, Urban and Regional Policy Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Geraldine Ide Gardner is the director of GMF’s Urban and Regional Policy (URP) program, where she leads the program’s transatlantic initiatives to bring policymakers and practitioners from U.S. and European cities together to explore key issues in the transatlantic urban agenda. Gardner’s expertise lies in the integrated policies and cross-sector partnerships needed to build sustainable and inclusive cities, while increasing the economic competitiveness of city-regions in the global arena. Under her leadership, the five-member URP team actively stewards a transatlantic network of urban leaders in over 25 cities and manages signature initiatives including BUILD, Dialogues for Change, Transatlantic Cities Network, and the URP Policy Fellowship.
Kristalina Georgieva, Vice President, European Commission
Kristalina Georgieva is currently vice president of the European Commission, responsible for budget and human resources. In this role, she is responsible for managing the EU budget and ensuring that it is invested in the best way to serve EU citizens. She is also in charge of the internal organization of the European Commission as an institution, and ensures that its resources are used to deliver on priorities. From 2010 to 2014, she was European commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response. During her term in that office, she oversaw the delivery of life-saving assistance to nearly 500 million children, women, and men affected by conflicts and natural disasters around the world.
Daniel Fried, Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, U.S. Department of State
Daniel Fried assumed his position as the U.S. Department of State’s coordinator for sanctions policy in January 2013. Prior to that, he served as special envoy for closure of the Guantanamo Detainee Facility starting on May 2009, with the additional responsibility as the secretary’s special advisor on Camp Ashraf (Iraq) from November 2011. Fried served as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs from 2005 until 2009 and as special assistant to the president and senior director for European and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council from 2001 to 2005. Fried was Polish desk officer at the State Department from 1987 to 1989 as democracy returned to Poland and Central Europe. He served as political counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw from 1990 to 1993.
Trevor Gandy, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
As Chubb’s senior vice-president and chief diversity officer, Trevor Gandy is responsible for developing and implementing a diversity strategy that fosters innovation and market leadership. He also chairs Chubb’s Women of Color Initiative Steering Committee, which is charged with accelerating the development and advancement of multicultural women within the company. In addition to his chief diversity officer responsibilities, Gandy serves on Chubb's Administrative Committee and has oversight for corporate responsibility. He has been featured in articles published by the Chicago Tribune, Catalyst, Business Insurance Magazine, TheGlassHammer.com, and DiversityInc Magazine. He serves as executive committee chair of The Conference Board Council of U.S. Diversity & Inclusion Executives. Additionally, he represents Chubb on the Re: Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women) Corporate Circle Advisory Board, Center for Talent Innovation Task Force, and Catalyst Expert Community.
Gregory Scott Horowitt, Founding Partner and Managing Director, T2 Venture Capital
Gregory Scott Horowitt is the co-founder and managing director of T2 Venture Creation, a multi-disciplinary venture capital fund and ecosystem advisory firm focused on building high impact technology and healthcare enterprises. He is an advisor and consultant to many of the world’s top development organizations, including the Aspen Institute, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Department of State, and National Academies of Science, as well as CORFO (Chile), iNNpulsa (Colombia), Skoltech (Russia), and Ruta N (Medellin). Horowitt is also the co-founder of Global CONNECT, an innovation and ecosystem think tank based at the University of California, San Diego, that helped create the early frameworks around innovation ecosystems. Prior to CONNECT, Horowitt’s life was as an entrepreneur and investor, having been involved with a number of Silicon Valley startups and venture capital, including serving as an entrepreneur-in-residence for SK Global, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.
Rosalind L. Hudnell, Vice President of Human Resources, Intel Corporation
Rosalind L. Hudnell is a vice president of human resources at Intel Corporation and serves as director of global employee communications and external relations. Since joining Intel in 1996, she has held various management positions in community relations, government relations, charitable contributions, media outreach, employee volunteerism, and workforce development. During her tenure as Intel’s chief diversity officer, the company achieved significant progress and received numerous awards for leadership in workforce diversity. Ms. Hudnell’s contributions include co-founding the Intel Black Leadership Council and driving the development of Intel’s Global Women’s Initiative, the Hispanic Leadership Council, and the growth of employee affinity networks. Most recently, she led the STAY WITH IT™ Initiative for President Obama’s Council on Jobs & Competitiveness, which focused on getting more students to complete degrees in engineering and computer science. Ms. Hudnell completed her undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s College and did advanced study at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Darrell Issa, Member, U.S. House of Representative
Congressman Darrell Issa is the U.S Representative for California’s 49th district, a seat he has served in since 2001. As a senior in high school, Issa enlisted in the United States Army where he received an ROTC scholarship and attended Sienna Heights University. Upon his graduation, Issa was commissioned as a U.S. Army Officer, completing his active-duty service in 1980 and obtaining the rank of captain. After his military service, the congressman turned to private business, eventually serving as CEO of California-based Directed Electronics, and serving as chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association. Issa, a member of the Republican Party, sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, where he is chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. He served as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the 112th and 113th Congresses.
Dhruva Jaishankar, Transatlantic Fellow, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
Dhruva Jaishankar is a transatlantic fellow with GMF's Asia Program, where he manages GMF’s India Trilateral Forum, organizes policy meetings on Pakistan, and edits the Transatlantic Take series. His current research focuses on Indian foreign and security policy, and internet freedom in South and Southeast Asia. His commentary and analysis on international affairs and security issues have been featured in multiple international publications and broadcast programs. He previously worked as a senior research assistant at the Brookings Institution, and as a news writer and reporter for CNN-IBN in New Delhi, India. Jaishankar is a former Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow, a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and an IISS-SAIS Merrill Center Young Strategist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Classics from Macalester College, and a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University.
David J. Johns, Senior Education Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
David J. Johns graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 2004 with a triple major in English, creative writing, and African American studies. He currently serves as a senior education policy advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions under the leadership of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). His policy portfolio includes issues affecting low-income and minority students; immigrants and English language learners; neglected youth and foster children; childhood education; and historically black institutions, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges. Johns was recently named one of Ebony Magazine’s “Top 30 Leaders Under 30.”
Choi Kang, Vice President for Research; Director, Center for Foreign Policy and National Security, Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Dr. Choi Kang is the vice president for research and the director of the Center for Foreign Policy and National Security at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, he was the dean of planning and assessment at the Korean National Diplomatic Academy, professor and director general for American Studies at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security, research fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior director for policy planning and coordination on the National Security Council Secretariat. He holds several advisory board memberships including the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Unification of the National Assembly; Ministry of National Defense; Ministry of Unification; and the Air Force Development Committee.
Adnan Kifayat, Senior Resident Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Adnan Kifayat is a senior resident fellow at GMF, where he advises the organization on both its efforts to strengthen leadership development and next generation strategies in the transatlantic region and its joint work in programming the OCP Policy Center Atlantic Fellowship in Europe, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. He also contributes to the continued development of GMF’s Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. Over the last 15 years, Kifayat has held senior positions in public service, including at the White House, U.S. Department of State, and Treasury Department, where he established partnerships with strategic allies to cooperate in trade, finance, development, counterterrorism, and national security. He has helped develop innovative and sustainable mechanisms to counter the spread of violent extremism and prevent the flow of funds to terrorist organizations.
Andrey Kortunov, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council
Andrey Kortunov is the director general of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). He graduated from the Moscow State University of International Relations and pursued postgraduate studies at the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies (Ph.D. in history) where he served as deputy director and head of the Foreign Policy Department. He was a visiting professor at several U.S. universities including the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Miami. Kortunov is the author of more than 120 publications, focused on U.S.-Soviet/Russian relations, international security issues, and Soviet/Russian domestic and foreign policy.
Ellen Laipson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stimson
Ellen Laipson is president and chief executive officer of Stimson, where she also directs the Middle East/Southwest Asia program. Laipson joined Stimson in 2002, after 25 years of government service. Her last government post was vice chair of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2002). She also served on the U.S. Department of State’s policy planning staff and was a specialist in Middle East affairs for the Congressional Research Service. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the International Advisory Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. She served on the board of the Asia Foundation (2003-15). She was a member of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board from 2009 to 2013, and on the secretary of state’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board 2011 to 2014. Laipson has a master’s from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s from Cornell University.
Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Senior Advisor to the Director General, World Trade Organization
Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Ph.D. is the senior advisor to the director general of the World Trade Organization. She advises the director general on trade negotiations, agriculture, market access, trade in services, and trade and environment. Prior to this appointment, she served as Brazil’s secretary of foreign trade. She also worked for the International Trade Centre in Geneva, for the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, and the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law and international relations, and holds a master's degree in international law and a Ph.D. in international relations. In 2014, she was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a young global leader.
Janice Little, Sr. Director, Diversity & Inclusion, McKesson
As a trained financial professional that successfully transitioned to HR, Janice Little has a proven track record of implementing innovative strategies to create inclusive cultures that support business objectives. Currently the senior director of diversity and inclusion at McKesson, she establishes the strategic direction for the firm’s diversity initiatives. She ensures that diversity and inclusion are integrated into McKesson’s business, talent, and culture strategies. Prior to joining McKesson, Little led diversity recruiting, global employee volunteerism and giving programs, and corporate responsibility report at Dell. Prior to transitioning into human resources, Little enjoyed a successful career in finance and accounting at Dell, IBM, and Ernst & Young. She holds both a masters of business administration in finance/management and a bachelor of business administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Barry Lowenkron, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Barry Lowenkron is GMF’s executive vice president and chief operating officer based in Washington, DC. Before joining GMF, he served as vice president of international programs at the MacArthur Foundation for seven years. Prior to MacArthur, Lowenkron served in five U.S. presidential administrations, with his last position being assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor. He served as director of European security affairs for the National Security Council at the White House and as national intelligence officer for Europe on the National Intelligence Council. He was also a special assistant to General Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At the Department of State, he was a senior member of the Policy Planning staff under Secretaries Shultz, Powell, and Rice. He received his master’s degree with distinction from the Nitze School and his bachelor’s degree with high honors from Northeastern University in Boston.
Daniel Mitov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
Daniel Mitov graduated from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski,” specializing in political science. He has participated in the international exchange programs of the Marshall Memorial Fund, and the “Programme des personnalites d’avenir” of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2002, Mitov worked at the Political Academy for Central and Southeast Europe as part of the Bulgarian School of Politics team and Razum magazine. In 2006, he became executive director of the Democracy foundation, and then vice president of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party. Starting in 2010, he worked for the U.S. National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Iraq, where he was program manager of the political party development program. As an official NDI representative, he has also worked in Brussels, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, Yemen, Tunisia, and others.
Marietje Schaake, Member, European Parliament
Marietje Schaake has served as a member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. Schaake is the ALDE Coordinator of the International Trade committee. She is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Schaake also serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on strengthening Europe as a global player. She works on the EU’s neighborhood policy, notably Turkey, Iran and North Africa and the broader Middle East. In the subcommittee on Human Rights she speaks on human rights and coordinates the monthly human rights resolutions for ALDE. Her work has sought to include digital freedoms in EU foreign policy. Furthermore, she is a vice-president of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegation with Iran.
Bruce Stokes, Director, Global Economics Attitudes, Pew Research Center
Bruce Stokes is the director of Global Economics Attitudes at the Pew Research Center. He is also a non-resident fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States and an associate fellow at Chatham House. He is a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is a member. For 23 years, he was the international economics columnist for the National Journal, a Washington-based public policy magazine. He is the author many Pew surveys, including most recently Faith and Skepticism about Trade and Investment; Global Public Downbeat about Economy; A Fragile Rebound for EU Image on Eve of European Parliament Elections; Support in Principle for U.S.-EU Trade Pact; Indians Reflect on their Country and the World. He is coauthor, with Andrew Kohut, of the book America Against the World: How We Are Different and Why We Are Disliked (Times Books, 2006).
Constanze Stelzenmueller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings
Constanze Stelzenmueller is the inaugural Robert Bosch senior fellow with the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. She was previously a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and directed GMF’s Transatlantic Trends survey program. Her areas of expertise include transatlantic relations; German foreign policy; NATO; the European Union’s foreign, security, and defense policy; international law; and human rights. Stelzenmueller is also the former director of GMF’s Berlin office and was an editor at the German weekly DIE ZEIT, covering political, defense and international security issues.
Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank
Jonathan Taylor is the vice president of the European Investment Bank. He is a member of the EIB’s management committee which draws up the bank’s financial and lending policies, oversees its day-to-day business and takes collective responsibility for the bank’s performance. Taylor is responsible for the bank’s activities in Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the U.K. He also leads the bank’s work in climate action, and other environmental lending policies. Previously, Taylor was the director general of financial services and stability at HM Treasury. He has held a range of posts in the private and public sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford in philosophy, politics and economics.
Rik Vanpeteghem, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Deloitte Belgium
Rik Vanpeteghem is the chief executive officer and managing partner of Deloitte Belgium. He also represents the Belgian firm in the Deloitte global network as a member of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) Governance Committee, the DTTL Board of Directors, and Deloitte’s EMEA Council. Vanpeteghem began his career at Deloitte in 1985, specializing in tax. He became CEO in 2008. He is a board member of several business organizations including The Federation of Enterprises in Belgium, the Fleming Network of Enterprises, and AmCham. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the KULAK, a division to the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), and a member of the Koning Boudewijn Stichting, West Flanders support committee.
Ivan Vejvoda, Senior Vice President, Programs, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Until September 2010, Ivan Vejvoda was executive director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). He came to GMF in 2003 from service in the Serbian government as senior advisor on foreign policy and European integration to Prime Ministers Zoran Djindjic and Zoran Zivkovic. Prior to this, he served as executive director of the Belgrade-based Fund for an Open Society from 1998 to 2002. During the mid 1990s, he held various academic posts in the United States and the United Kingdom. Vejvoda was a key figure in the democratic opposition movement in Yugoslavia through the 1990s and is widely published on the subjects of democratic transition, totalitarianism, and post-war reconstruction in the Balkans.
Stephanie Vertongen, Program Coordinator, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Stephanie Vertongen is the program coordinator for Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives in GMF’s Brussels office. In this role, she works on fellowship hosting, communications, and alumni relations in Europe. Prior to joining GMF, Vertongen was a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands where her research focused on police protocol for instances of honor-related violence (eergerelateerd geweld) in the country. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College and a master’s degree in European studies from the University of Maastricht. She is honored to have been selected for the 2010 Who’s Who Among Students in the United States.
Robin West, Chairman of the Board, Founder, and CEO, PFC Energy
J. Robinson West is chairman of the board, founder, and CEO of PFC Energy. As founder and chairman, he has gained a unique perspective on the international energy industry. He has advised chief executives of leading international oil and gas companies and national oil companies on corporate strategy, portfolio management, acquisitions, divestitures, and investor relations. Before founding PFC Energy in 1984, West served in the Reagan administration as assistant secretary of the interior for policy, budget, and administration (1981-83), with responsibility for U.S. offshore oil policy.
Guillaume Xavier-Bender, Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Guillaume Xavier-Bender is a transatlantic fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Brussels, where he works on issues related to political economy, economic security, and the transatlantic economy. Xavier-Bender joined GMF in 2010 as a program associate for economic policy, before becoming a program officer coordinating GMF’s activities related to trade, development, and the transatlantic economy in Brussels. Prior to joining GMF, he worked for the French Prime Minister’s Services in Paris. He holds a master’s degree in international economic policy from Sciences Po in Paris, a master’s degree in diplomacy and strategic negotiations from the Université Paris-Sud XI, and a bachelor’s in international law from the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. A native of France, Xavier-Bender has also lived in the United States, Austria, and the Czech Republic.