Chair of Transatlantic Trade and Economy

The Chair of Transatlantic Trade and Economy (in cooperation with Microsoft) teaches courses on transatlantic affairs, conducts research, and performs outreach through events and other tasks. The Chair’s goal is to foster a thorough understanding of the current dynamics and challenges within transatlantic trade and economic relations, including the nexus with global security and geo-economics.

Dr. Ian Lesser was appointed in 2023. Currently, Dr. Lesser serves as Vice President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and Executive Director of GMF’s Brussels office. Before joining GMF, he held roles at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Pacific Council on International Policy and the RAND Corporation. From 1994-1995, Lesser was a member of the US Secretary of State’s policy planning staff, covering Turkey, Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East peace process. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and received his D.Phil from the University of Oxford.

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Opening lecture of the Mata Chair: 10 November 2023

Roundtable - Transatlantic Cooperation on Trade and Technology in a Time of Risk: What Now, What Next?