European Conference
February 9 and 10, 2024 | Cambridge, MA

Daniela Schwarzer

Member of the Executive Board of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

Daniela Schwarzer is a leading expert on European and international affairs and has had a 20-year career at renowned think tanks, foundations, and universities.

Since May 1, 2023, she is a member of the Executive Board of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Previously, she served as Executive Director for Europe and Central Asia at the Open Society Foundations, the world’s largest foundation working to strengthen the rule of law, democracy, and open societies. In 2021, she was appointed honorary professor of political science at Freie Universität Berlin. In autumn 2022, she was a visiting professor at Harvard University, with which she has also been affiliated as a senior fellow.

From 2016 to 2021, Daniela Schwarzer was director and CEO of the German Council on Foreign Relations (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, DGAP). Prior to that, she served as research director on the executive team of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and led its Berlin office and Europe program. From 2004 to 2013, she worked for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where she headed the Europe research group beginning in 2008. From 1999 to 2004, she was an opinion page editor and France correspondent for the Financial Times Deutschland.

Daniela Schwarzer is regularly consulted as an expert and policy advisor. She was co-rapporteur of the working group on EU reform and enlargement, convened by the French and German governments, which submitted its report in September 2023. From 2020 to 2022, she served as special advisor to the High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell. She also advised France and Poland during their respective EU presidencies and was a consultant to the French prime minister’s Centre dʼAnalyse Stratégique. She is a member of the supervisory boards of BNP Paribas and Covivio, an honorary board member of DGAP and a non-executive board member of the Jacques Delors Institute/Centre (Paris, Berlin) and a Council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). In 2017, she was inducted into the French Legion of Honour.

Speaker Schedule

Friday, February 9, 2024

at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS)
2:15pm – 3:15pm
Integration in Times of Conflict: Prospects and Challenges of Ukraine’s EU Candidacy Tymofiy Mylovanov | Daniela Schwarzer Moderated by Max Bergmann
Nye Auditorium
Building Global Coalitions on Feminism, LGBTQ Rights, and Minorities Representation Baiba Braže | Frances Fitzgerald | Roianne Nedd Moderated by Dr. Gloria Ayee
Allison Room

Saturday, February 10, 2024

at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) and TBD
2:15pm - 3:00pm
Keynote Address
Enrico Letta Moderated by Daniela Schwarzer
JFK Jr. Forum