Philippe Legrain
founder, Open Political Economy Network (OPEN); author, Aftershock: reshaping the world economy after the crisis and Immigrants: your country needs them; former special adviser to World Trade Organisation

Philippe Legrain is a critically acclaimed thinker and communicator who also has high-level policy experience. A senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, he is the founder of Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), an international think-tank on openness issues. He is also a columnist for Project Syndicate and Foreign Policy, a commentator for many other international publications and media outlets, and a public speaker around the world.

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

Philippe is the author of four best-selling books, notably Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them (2007), which was shortlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year. His reports for OPEN include Refugees Work: A humanitarian investment that yields economic dividends (2016) and Step Up: How to get refugees into work quickly (2017).

Follow Philippe on Twitter: @plegrain