Gerald Knaus

Founder & Chairman, European Stability Initiative, Berlin, Germany

Gerald Knaus is the European Stability Initiative’s founding chairman. After studying in Oxford, Brussels and Bologna, he taught university economics in Ukraine and spent five years working for NGOs and international organizations in Bulgaria and Bosnia. From 2001 to 2004, he directed the Lessons Learned Unit of the EU Pillar of the UN Mission in Kosovo. He co-authored more than 70 ESI reports on EU enlargement policy, Turkey and the Caucasus as well as scripts for 12 TV documentaries on South East Europe. He is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and associate fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, where he was a visiting fellow in 2010/2011, lecturing on state building and intervention. He lives in Istanbul and Paris and writes the blog www.rumeliobserver.eu.