Speaker profile


Paul Hofheinz is president and co-founder of the Lisbon Council, an independent, non-partisan think tank based in Brussels, Belgium. It was founded in 2003.

At the Lisbon Council, Mr. Hofheinz manages the association on a daily basis and is responsible for strategic oversight, including growth, publishing and development. He also maintains a personal research programme, writing, publishing and speaking on topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, the future of work, innovation, startups, the knowledge-economy, human capital, growth-company finance, economic reform and European politics. He frequently appears on CNBC, Bloomberg and BBC, and has written for or been quoted in more than four dozen leading newspapers and academic journals. In 2017, he led a strategic work programme for the Government of Estonia, collaborating with Europe's leading digital administration on digital government and strengthening Europe's footprint in the data economy. In 2011 and 2013, he served as strategic adviser to the Polish Government and the Irish Government, respectively, during their European Union presidencies.

Previously, Mr. Hofheinz worked as a writer and editor at The Wall Street Journal, covering such diverse topics as European integration, financial-market regulation, emerging markets and Russian politics. In 1998-1999, he was managing editor of Central European Economic Review, published by The Wall Street Journal Europe. Prior to that, he was associate editor of Fortune, including stints as bureau chief in Bonn and Moscow. He began his career in London as a reporter for Time magazine.

Mr. Hofheinz holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Russian politics from London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in history from Yale, where he received the prestigious John Addison Porter and Dean Henry P. Wright prizes upon graduation. He speaks fluent English, French and Russian.

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