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Philippe Legrain

Writer, Thinker, Political Economist

  • Critically acclaimed author of books on globalisation, immigration, the financial crisis and Europe
  • High-level policy experience at European Commission and WTO
  • Strategic thinker with a track record of political and economic insight

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Philippe Legrain is a critically acclaimed thinker and communicator with high-level policy experience. He is a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, the founder of Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), an international think-tank, and a columnist for Project Syndicate, Foreign Policy and other international media outlets.

Previously, he was economic adviser and the head of the team providing strategic policy advice to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, special adviser to World Trade Organisation Director-General Mike Moore and trade and economist correspondent for The Economist.

His four best-selling books include Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Financial Times Business Book of the Year award, and European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right, which was among the Financial Times’ Best Books of 2014.

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