CFR Europa ECFR is the only think-tank that has a truly pan-European footprint, with offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia and Warsaw, and a presence in Brussels. Our unique structure allows us to understand national agendas and be part of the national conversation.

About ECFR

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is an award-winning international think-tank that aims to conduct cutting-edge independent research on European foreign and security policy and to provide a safe meeting space for decision-makers, activists and influencers to share ideas. We build coalitions for change at the European level and promote informed debate about Europe’s role in the world.


In 2007, ECFR’s founders set about creating a pan-European institution that could combine establishment credibility with intellectual insurgency. Today, ECFR remains uniquely placed to continue providing a pan-European perspective on some of the biggest strategic challenges and choices Europeans need to confront, with a network of offices in seven European capitals, over 80 staff from more than 25 different countries and a team of associated researchers in the EU 27 member states. Find out more about our 2022-2025 Strategy Framework


Mark Leonard, Director
Alba Lamberti, Deputy Director, Operations
Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director, Programmes and Advocacy

Board of Trustees

Carl Bildt, Co-chair of the Council
Lykke Friis, Co-chair of the Council
Norbert Röttgen, Co-chair of the Council