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Topic: Economics & Geopolitics
Expertise: Brexit, Immigration and Geopolitics
“Philippe Legrain provides an original and insightful analysis of what has gone wrong with Europe’s economies and politics and a timely warning that the crisis ultimately threatens our open societies. Better still, he provides a blueprint for a brighter future and how to achieve it” – George Soros
Philippe Legrain is a critically acclaimed thinker and communicator who has also been a senior policy adviser. As a keynote speaker to senior business, financial and policy audiences around Europe and the world, he blends deep insight into how politics, economics and finance intersect, practical policy experience, and a knack for communicating complex subjects in an appealing way to a wider audience.
Previously economic adviser to the President of the European Commission and head of the team providing President Barroso with strategic policy advice, he is now a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, a columnist for Project Syndicate and Foreign Policy and a commentator for many international publications and media outlets.
He has also just founded OPEN (Open Political Economy Network), an international think-tank, with a ground-breaking new study on how refugees can contribute to the economy.
Through his work, writing and media appearances, Philippe has been at the heart of many big debates of the past 20 years – globalisation, international migration, the financial crisis, the euro and Brexit – from a variety of vantage points: at LSE, as a journalist at The Economist, as a senior policy adviser (also at the World Trade Organisation), as a political campaigner and as an independent writer, consultant and speaker.
Philippe’s recent opening keynote for the Spinoza Foundation was described as a ‘magnificent tour de force’ by Martin Wolf.
Philippe is the author of four critically acclaimed books:
European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess
and How to Put Them Right (2014), was described as
“essential reading” by the Financial Times and was among its Best Books of 2014.
Aftershock: Reshaping the World Economy After the Crisis (2010)
attracted the attention of President Barroso and persuaded him to hire Philippe
Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them (2007)
was shortlisted for the FT Business Book of the Year award
Open World: The Truth about Globalisation (2002),
which defended free trade but warned of the dangers of
unfettered finance, was described as “wonderfully lucid and intelligent”
by Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator of the Financial Times