Established in 2007, the ECFR Council has grown from 50 founding members to over 270 members from across Europe.

Currently chaired by Carl Bildt, Emma Bonino and Mabel van Oranje, ECFR's unique European strategic community includes serving foreign ministers, former prime ministers, members of national parliaments and European Parliament, EU Commissioners, former NATO secretaries generals, thinkers, journalists and business leaders. The Council gathers once a year as a full body for the Annual Council Meeting ,hosted in a different European capital each year.

The Council is the strongest and most visible expression of ECFR’s pan-European identity. Through their individual networks and collective engagement with ECFR policy and advocacy initiatives, Council Members help us to europeanise the national conversations in the EU capitals on the EU’s foreign policy priorities and challenges.

Working alongside the ECFR Senior Management Team and policy staff across seven European offices and Brussels, the expertise and outreach of the  Council Members ensure ECFR has a truly pan-European perspective.


  • Ditmir Bushati - Minister of Foreign Affairs


  • 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
  • Ursula Plassnik Ambassador to France
  • Albert Rohan - Ambassador (retired)
  • Wolfgang Schüssel  - Former Chancellor
  • Hannes Swoboda - Former President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, European Parliament


  • Claude Kandiyoti CEO, Krest Real Estate Investments; former publisher of 'Contact J' magazine
  • Thomas Leysen - Chairman, Umicore
  • Françoise Tulkens - Member of the Human Rights Advisory Panel to the UN Mission in Kosovo; former Vice President, European Court of Human Rights
  • Marc Otte - Director General, Egmont Institute; former EU Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process
  • Didier Reynders - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs


  • Kristalina Georgieva - European Commissioner for Budget and Resources
  • Dzhema Grozdanova - Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, National Assembly of Bulgaria
  • Andrey Kovatchev - Member of the European Parliament
  • Ivan Krastev - Chair of Board, Centre for Liberal Strategies
  • Ivailo Kalfin - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour & Social Policy; former Foreign Minister
  • Meglena Kuneva - Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional Affairs; former EU Commissioner
  • Nickolay Mladenov -  UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process; former Foreign Minister
  • Georgi Pirinski - Member of the European Parliament; former Foreign Minister
  • Daniel Valtchev - Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education


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


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

Czech Republic

  • Dita Charanzová - Member of the European Parliament
  • Jiří Pehe - Director, New York University, Prague
  • 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
  • Rebecca Adler-Nissen - Associate Professor, Ph.D, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
  • Stine Bosse - Chairman and Non-Executive Board Member; Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen Business School
  • Lykke Friis - Prorector, University of Copenhagen; former Minister for Climate, Energy and Gender Equality
  • Connie Hedegaard - Former European Commissioner for Climate Action
  • Martin Lidegaard - Member of Parliament


  • Toomas Ilves - President
  • Kaja Kallas - Member of the European Parliament
  • Riina Kionka - Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to President of the European Council  


  • Martti Ahtisaari - Emeritus Chair, ECFR; 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
  • Piia-Noora Kauppi - Managing Director, Federation of Finnish Financial Services
  • Alexander Stubb - Minister of Finance; former Prime Minister
  • Teija Tiilikainen - Director at the Finnish Institute for International Relations
  • Erkki Tuomioja - Former Foreign Minister


  •  Maurice Braud - National Secretary for International Affairs, Migration and Co-development, Parti Socialiste
  •  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
  •  Karima Dirèche - Director, Institute for the Research on the Contemporary Maghreb
  • 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
  • Guillaume Liegey - Partner, Liegey Muller Pons
  • 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, 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
  • Pierre Vimont - Former Secretary General, European External Action Service; former Ambassador of France to the United States


  • Niels Annen - Member of the Bundestag
  • Roland Berger - Founder and Honorary Chairman, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH
  • Paul Bofinger - Member of the German Council of Economic Experts
  • Franziska Brantner - Member of the Bundestag
  • Sandra Breka - Senior Vice President, Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Hans Eichel - Former Finance Minister
  • Joschka Fischer - Former Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor
  • Ulrike Guérot - Senior Associate for Germany, Open Society Initiative for Europe
  • Annette Heuser - Executive Director, Bertelsmann Foundation Washington DC
  • Ina Heusgen Deputy Head, Parliament and Cabinent division, Auswärtiges Amt
  • 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
  • Bärbel Kofler - Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid
  • Stefan Kornelius - International Section Head, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Alexander Graf Lambsdorff - Member of the European Parliament; Vice President of ALDE
  • David McAllister - Member of the European Parliament
  • Wolfgang Münchau - President, Eurointelligence ASBL
  • Michelle Müntefering - Member of the Bundestag
  • Matthias Nass - Chief International Correspondent, DIE ZEIT
  • 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
  • Andreas Schwab - Member of the European Parliament
  • Michael Schwarz - Executive Director, Stiftung Mercator
  • Daniela Schwarzer - Senior Director for Research and Director of Europe programme, German Marshal Fund of the United States
  • Volker Stanzel - Former Ambassador to China and Japan
  • Sabine Stricker-Kellerer - Senior China Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Michael Stürmer - Chief Correspondent, Die Welt
  • Andre Wilkens - Publisher and Author (including most recently in German 'Analog ist das neue Bio')


  • Dora Bakoyannis - President, Democratic Alliance Greece; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Kostas Bakoyannis - Governor of Central Greece
  • 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 - former 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 - Director, Eurasian Energy Future Initiatives, The Atlantic Council 
  • George Soros (Hungary/USA) - Founder and Chairman, Open Society Foundations
  • Réka Szemerkényi - Ambassador of Hungary to the United States 


  • John Bruton - Former Prime Minister (Taoiseach); President, IFSC Ireland
  • Brian Cowen - Former Prime Minister (Taoiseach)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Franco Frattini - Chamber President to the Italian Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat); former Foreign Minister and former Vice President of the European Commission
  • Sandro Gozi - Undersecretary of State for European Affairs
  • Monica Maggioni - President of RAI
  • Marco Margheri - Senior Vice President Public Affairs, Edison
  • Alessia Mosca - Member of the European Parliament
  • Lapo Pistelli - Senior Vice President,  Stakeholder Relations for Business Development Support, ENI; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Romano Prodi - UN Special Envoy for Sahel; former Prime Minister; former President of the European Commission
  • Lia Quartapelle - Member of Parliament
  • Nicolò Russo Perez - Head, International Affairs Programme, Compagnia di San Paolo
  • Pasquale Salzano  - Executive Vice President Government Affairs Department, ENI
  • Stefano Sannino - Ambassador to Madrid 
  • Giuseppe Scognamiglio -  Executive Vice President, Head of Group Institutional & Regulatory Affairs Department, UniCredit; President, Europeye Srl
  • Nathalie Tocci - Deputy Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali
  • Luisa Todini -  President, Poste Italiane


  • Sandra Kalniete - Member of the European Parliament; former Foreign Minister  
  • Nils Muiznieks - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Zaneta Ozolina - Professor, University of Latvia; former Director, Latvian Centre for Human Rights
  • Andris Strazds - Adviser, Bank of Latvia; part time faculty member, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
  • Vaira Vike-Freiberga - Former President


  •  Valdas Adamkus - Former President


  •  Goran Buldioski - Program Director, Open Society Think Tank Fund; Co-Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe


  •  Joseph Mifsud - Director, London Academy of Diplomacy; Professor, University of Stirling 


  •  Leiv Lunde - Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institute
  •  Ine Eriksen Søreide - Minister of Defence
  • Jonas Gahr Støre - Leader of the Labour party; former Foreign Minister 


  • Marek Belka - Governor, National Bank of Poland; former Prime Minister
  • Jan Krzysztof Bielecki - President, Partners Board, EY Polska, 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
  • Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz - Ambassador of Poland to the Russian Federation
  • 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 - Former Foreign Minister
  • Aleksander Smolar - Chairman of the Board, Stefan Batory Foundation
  • Paweł Świeboda - Institutional Team Leader, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
  • Rafal Trzaskowski - Former Secretary of State for European Affairs 


  • ·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, Russia, European External Action Service
  • António Guterres - former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; former Prime Minister of Portugal
  • Miguel Maduro - Professor and Director, Global Governance Programme at the European University Institute; former Minister
  • Antonio Vitorino - Lawyer; former EU Commissioner


  • Daniel Daianu - Professor of Economics, National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA) in Bucharest
  • Klaus Iohannis - President
  • 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
  •  Hedvig Morvai - Executive Director, European Fund for the Balkans
  • 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  - Former Prime Minister
  • Katarina Mathernova - Deputy Director General, DG NEAR, European Commission
  • Karla Wursterova - Executive Director, International Visegrad Fund


  • 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)
  • Joaquin Almunia - Former Vice President of the European Commission & Commissioner for Competition
  • José M. de Areilza Carvajal - Secretary General, Aspen Institute España; Professor, ESADE Law School
  • 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; Founder of Club de Madrid, CITpax and Founder and Honorary President of FRIDE
  • Juan Fernando López Aguilar - Member of European Parliament; former Minister of Justice
  • Irene Lozano - Member of the Congress of Deputies
  • Cristina Manzano - Editor-in-chief, Esglobal
  • ĺñigo Méndez de Vigo - Minister of Education, Culture and Sport
  • Enrique Mora - Political Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Marcelino Oreja Aguirre - Member of the Board, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas; former EU Commissioner
  • 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 Trade; President, InStrategies
  • Jordi Vaquer - Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe
  • Carlos Alonso Zaldívar - Ambassador of Spain


  • Urban Ahlin - Speaker of the Riksdag
  • 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
  • Karin Enström - Member of Parliament
  • Karin Forseke (Sweden/USA) - Chairman, Alliance Trust Plc
  • Jytte Guteland - Member of the European Parliament
  • Anna Ibrisagic - Senior Partner, ESL & Network; former Member of the European Parliament
  • Carin Jamtin - Secretary General, Social Democratic Party
  • Diana Janse - Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, Moderate Party
  • Daniel Sachs - CEO, Proventus
  • Pierre Schori - Chair of Olof Palme Memorial Fund; former Director General, FRIDE; former SRSG to Cote d´Ivoire
  • Annika Söder - State Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Margot Wallström - Foreign Minister
  • Peter Wolodarski - Editor-in-Chief, Dagens Nyheter


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

The Netherlands

  • Yoeri Albrecht - Director, De Balie 
  • Dick Benschop - President Director, Shell Netherlands
  • Han ten Broeke - Member of Parliament; Party spokesman on Foreign Affairs
  • Steven Everts - Advisor, European External Action Service
  • Beatrice de Graaf - Professor of the History of International Relations and Global Governance, Utrecht University
  • Caroline de Gruyter - Correspondent, European Affairs, NRC Handelsblad; contributor, Carnegie Europe
  • 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 - Chairman, Start-up Fest Europe; Director for Digital Diplomacy and Macro Strategy, Macro Advisory Partners
  • 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)
  • Senem Aydin-Düzgit -  Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair, Istanbul Bilgi University
  • Fatih Birol - Executive Director, International Energy Agency
  • 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 Online
  • Ibrahim Kalin - Special Advisor to the President of Turkey, Deputy Secretary-General, Presidency
  • Suat Kiniklioglu - Executive Director, Centre for Strategic Communication (Stratim)
  • Soli Özel - Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Istanbul Kadir Has University
  • Behlul Ozkan - Assistant Professor, Marmara University
  • Safak Pavey - Member of Parliament

United Kingdom

  • Douglas Alexander - Former Member of Parliament & former Minister for International Development
  • Charles Clarke - Visiting Professor of Politics, University of East Anglia; former Home Secretary
  • Ian Clarkson - Chair of Brightfield Consulting
  • Robert Cooper - Diplomat; former Counsellor of the European External Action Service
  • Flick Drummond - Member of Parliament
  • 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
  • Damian Green - Member of Parliament
  • Sasha Havlicek - Executive Director, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
  • Jo Johnson - Minister for Universities and Science
  • Mary Kaldor - Professor, London School of Economics
  • Mark Leonard - Director, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Adam Lury - CEO, Menemsha Ltd
  • Kirsty McNeill - Campaigns Director, Save the Children
  • Anand Menon - Professor of European Studies, Kings College London
  • David Miliband -  President & CEO, International Rescue Committee; former Foreign Secretary
  • Andrew Puddephatt - Director, Global Partners & Associated Ltd.
  • Emma Reynolds - Member of Parliament; former Europe Minister
  • George Robertson - Former Secretary General of NATO
  • Janet Royall - Member of the House of Lords; former leader of the opposition in the House of Lords
  • Rory Stewart - Member of Parliament
  • Chuka Umunna - Member of Parliament



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