Dr. Katarina Barley is a lawyer and a German politician (SPD) and the General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party since 2015. She was born in 1968 in Cologne and has two children. She was elected to the Deutsche Bundestag for the first time in 2013 for the electoral districts Bitburg-Prümand Bernkastel-Wittlichzum. In the same year, she was appointed Chief Counsel of the SPD parliamentary group. Dr. Barley joined the SPD in 1994. Since 2005 she is a Member of the district committee of Trier-Saarburg – initially as an observer and since 2010 as a chairwoman. Since 2008 Barley works as a consultant in the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in Rhineland-Palatinate. She is, among others, Member of Provincial Officials Advisory Board of ver.di, Liaison Lecturer of the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and a member of the German Red Cross.
Iain Duncan Smith MP was educated at Dunchurch College of Management, the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia and HMS Conway in Anglesey. As part of the Scots Guards, Iain saw active service in Northern Ireland and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and served in Canada and Germany. Iain later worked for GEC-Marconi, a defence company, and Bellwinch, a property company. He has also been on the board of Jane’s Information Group, a publishing company. Iain married Betsy in 1982 and they have four children – Harry, Edward, Rosie and Alicia. Iain was elected Member of Parliament for Chingford in 1992, and he was re-elected in 1997 as Member of Parliament for the re-drawn constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green. Iain was promoted to William Hague’s Shadow Cabinet in 1997. In 2001, Iain was elected Leader of the Conservative Party. After stepping down in 2003, he set up the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), an independent think tank committed to tackling poverty and social breakdown. Iain worked as Chairman of the CSJ until 2010, when he was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In March 2016 he resigned from this post.
Dr. Michael Heise is Chief Economist of Allianz SE. He advises the board of Allianz SE on economic and strategic issues. He is responsible for analysis and forecasts of the German and the international economy and the financial markets and risk analysis. Heise studied and graduated at Cologne University and lectured at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt-am-Main. He is honorary professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. Before joining Allianz Group, Heise was Secretary General of the German Council of Economic Experts, Chief Economist of the DG Bank and Chief Economist and Head of Research at DZ Bank.
Dr. Pieter Van Houten is Lecturer in the POLIS department, where he teaches comparative politics, European politics and research methods. His research interests focus primarily on territorial politics (especially regional autonomy movements and regional parties) and state development in Western Europe, as well as post-conflict reconstruction in the Balkans. He currently directs the YouGov-Cambridge Programme in Public Opinion Research. He has a PhD and MA from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Amsterdam.
Simon Jenkins is a journalist, author and broadcaster. He writes twice weekly for the Guardian and regularly for the Evening Standard. He was until 2014 chairman of the National Trust. He began his career in education, at the London Institute of Education. He moved into journalism at the Times Educational Supplement and then the Evening Standard. He edited the Insight page of the Sunday Times and was political editor of the Economist. He then edited both the Evening Standard and the Times. For the past 20 years he has been a principal columnist on the Times, the Sunday Times and now the Guardian. His outside board service included British Rail (1979-90), London Transport (1984-86), Faber and Faber (1980-90). He was a trustee of the Museum of London, Somerset House, the South Bank centre, SAVE, the Thirties Society, the RIBA drawings collection and the Millennium Commission. He chaired the Pevsner architectural survey (1994-2011) and was deputy chairman of English Heritage (1985-90). He has written books on churches, houses, London and Welsh architecture, as well as on politics and history. He was knighted in 2004 and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society of Literature. He is married and lives in Kensington and Wales.
Stephen Kinnock MP is a British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP). Born in Tredegar in 1970, he studied modern languages at Cambridge University and has in-depth experience of business and of working internationally, having spent over twenty years working in the private sector. He has lived and worked in Brussels, Russia, Africa and Switzerland and speaks five languages fluently. He is married to the former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
Gunther Krichbaum is a German politician (CDU) and is the Chairman of the Bundestag EU Affairs Committee since 2007. He was born in 1964 in Korntal, Baden Württemberg and was elected to the Deutsche Bundestag for the first time in 2002 for the electoral district Pforzheim/Enzkreis. Krichbaum joined the Junge Union in 1970 and the CDU in 1983. Since 2002 he is a member of the Committee for the Affairs of the European Union. Since 2007 he Chairs this Committee and is Deputy Member of the Budget Committee. He is moreover a member of the Fondation Robert Schuman (Paris), a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for European Politics (IEP) and a member of the CDU’s Federal Committee on Europe.
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff is a German politician (FDP) and the Vice President of the European Parliament since 2014. Graf Lambsdorff was born in 1966 in Cologne and was trained to become a diplomat and worked in the planning staff of Germany’s Federal Foreign ministry since 1997. From 1998 to 1999 Graf Lambsdorff was the Head of Office of Klaus Kinkel in the Bundestag. From 2000 until 2003 Lambsdorff work in the press office of the German Embassy in Washington D.C. Since 2001 Lambsdorff is member of the Federal Executive Board of the FDP. Since the summer of 2003, he worked in the political division of Germany’s Federal Foreign Ministry and was the Country Representative for Russia. Since the European election 2004 he is Member of the European Parliament and chairman of the FDP group therein. Next to his professional activities, Lambsdorff filled several FDP party posts on municipal, county and district levels. Moreover, he was Vice Chairman of the Federal Committee (FC) International Politics and Head of the European Committee within the FC, where he was responsible for the European policy programme of the FDP. In 2006 he was the initiator and founding member of the German European Security Association, of which he is a board member today.
Rüdiger Lentz is the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany. From 2009 until September 2013, he served as the Executive Director of the German-American Heritage Foundation and Museum in Washington. Before that, he worked for over three decades as a TV Correspondent and Magazine journalist for Der Spiegel, ARD Television, Rias Berlin, and Deutsche Welle. During his time as Bureau Chief in Washington, he was a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University, the School of Foreign Service in Washington and a regular guest on CNN and C-Span. Lentz has been a long time member of the Atlantik-Brücke and a founding member of the German American Business Council (GABC) in Washington.
Almut Möller joined the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in October 2015 to head the Berlin office. A well-known pundit and moderator, she has published widely on European affairs, foreign and security policy, and Germany's role in the EU, and is a frequent commentator in the international media. Almut started her career in the think tank world at the Centre for Applied Policy Research at LMU University in Munich (1999-2008) and then worked as an independent political analyst in London, focussing on EU-Middle East relations (2008-2010). Before joining ECFR she led the Europe programme at the German Council on Foreign Relations (2010-2015). Research fellowships have taken her to Renmin University of China in Beijing, the Al Ahram Center for Political and Security Studies in Cairo and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where she continues to engage as a non-resident fellow. Almut is a member of the extended board of Women in International Security (WIIS.de) as well as a member of the 14th Advisory Board on the “Internal Leadership” concept ("Innere Führung") of the German Federal Ministry of Defence.
Vicky Pryce is a Greek-born British economist. She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, (2010-2013), Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) (2002-2010) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at London Economics and Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG after holding senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. Besides having held a number of academic posts, she also co-founded GoodCorporation, a company set up to promote corporate social responsibility and in 2010-11 became the first female Master for the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants in the City of London. Having been the Centre for Economics and Business Research’s Chief Economic Advisor, Vicky has now become a Board member.
Stephan Shakespeare founded YouGov in 2000. One of the pioneers of Internet research, Stephan has been the driving force behind YouGov’s innovation-led strategy and is the Group CEO. He also founded PoliticsHome.com. He was chair of the Data Strategy Board for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2012-2013 and led the Shakespeare Review of Public Sector Information. He is a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and sits on the Advisory Board of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance.
Jens Spahn is a bank clerk and political scientist. Born in Ahaus in 1980, he was first elected to the German Bundestag in 2002, representing the Steinfurt I – Borken I constituency. He was health policy spokesman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag from 2009 to 2015, and has been parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance since 3 July 2015. Spahn joined the Young Union (youth section of the CDU/CSU) in 1995 and the CDU in 1997. He has been chairman of the Borken county branch of the CDU since 2005. He became a member of the federal executive committee of the CDU in 2012 and was elected to the CDU’s presidium at the party’s federal conference in Cologne in 2014. As chairman of the German-Netherlands Parliamentary Friendship Group, Spahn is involved in promoting good cross-border relations between the two countries. In November 2015, the book ‘Ins Offene - Deutschland, Europa und die Flüchtlinge’ (Into the open – Germany, Europe and the refugees) was published, of which he is the editor.
Prof. Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth is an economist and Director of Open Europe Berlin. He is also Professor of Political Economy at the University of Witten/Herdecke. Wohlgemuth has been Professor of International Governance at the University in Bayreuth, Managing Research Associate at the Walter Eucken Institut (Freiburg), lecturer at the Universities of Freiburg, Erfurt, Friedrichshafen, and Witten/Herdecke, Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Economics in Jena, Affiliate Assistant Professor at George Mason University and New York University and “Friedrich August von Hayek-Professor” at the University of Innsbruck. Main Research areas and publications are in the fields of New Institutional Economics, Austrian Economics, Public Choice Theory, and the History of Ideas. Policy applications mainly in the field of European integration.