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Topic: Economics & Geopolitics
Expertise: Brexit, Europe, Immigration, Geopolitics and Global Macro Overview
“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 British political economist and writer. He specializes in global and European economic issues, notably globalisation, migration, the post-crisis world and the euro.
A visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, he is a former adviser to European Commission president José Manuel Barroso and and special adviser to World Trade Organisation Director-General Mike Moore.
He is founder of Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), an international think-tank,with a ground-breaking new study on how refugees can contribute to the economy and a columnist for Project Syndicate.
His four books include Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them, shortlisted for the 2007 Financial Times Business Book of the Year, and European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right, among the FT’s Best Books of 2014.
His reports for OPEN and the Tent Foundation include Refugees Work: A humanitarian investment that yields economic dividends and Step Up: How to get refugees into work quickly.
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.
Philippe’s recent opening keynote for the Spinoza Foundation was described as a ‘magnificent tour de force’ by Martin Wolf.
Here is a talk Philippe presented in Sydney Opera House in October 2016.
Here is a recent article Philippe wrote for CapX; Globalisation is in Peril – Defend it with all your Might
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