David Schäfer is a member of the European Commission’s recovery task force that is supporting Member States in their economic recovery programmes after the corona crisis. Previously, he prepared briefings on economic and financial affairs for meetings of the President and Vice-Presidents of the European Commission. David also worked as a press officer in the European Central Bank’s (ECB) communications department where he advised ECB Supervisory Board member Pentti Hakkarainen on his media activities and worked on the ECB’s Brexit Communication Strategy.

David holds an MA from the College of Europe and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His PhD analysed the impact of ideas and rhetoric on EU financial negotiations. His research is published in the Journal of Common Market Studies and the Policy Studies Journal. He holds the Postgraduate Teaching Certificate for Higher Education (PGCert, lecturer level).