Mark Leonard

Director and Co-Founder of the European Council on Foreign Relations

Mark Leonard is a leading analyst and commentator on international affairs, geopolitics and geoeconomics. He is the Director and Co-Founder of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a council of 300 European leaders including serving and former presidents, prime ministers, economics and foreign ministers, the first pan-European think tank.

"Renowned expert on geopolitics and geoeconomics"

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  • Geopolitics and Globalisation
  • Geoeconomics
  • China and on EU Politics and Institutions
  • The Future of European Politics post Covid
  • The Geopolitics of the Green New Deal
  • International Affairs and Security


He presents in English.

How he presents

Mark Leonard combines wit and extensive knowledge of geopolitics and geoeconomics to deliver impeccably informative and enlightening speeches.

Books & Media

  • Podcast: The Age of Unpeace - How Connectivity Causes Conflict
  • The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Causes Conflict
  • What does China think?
  • Why Europe will run the 21st Century

In Detail

Previously he worked as Director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform and as Director of the Foreign Policy Centre, a think tank he founded at the age of 24 under the patronage of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has been writing for Project Syndicate, an international media organization, since 2004. He was Chairman of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Geoeconomics until 2016. Honoured as a 'Young Global Leader' of the World Economic Forum, he spends a lot of time helping governments, companies, and international organisations make sense of the big geo-political trends of the twenty-first century.


A passionate global affairs commentator, Mark explains how geopolitics is reshaping the global economy as all the things that bind us together, supply chains, infrastructure, migration, the internet, are turned into weapons and currencies of power.



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