Dr Heather Grabbe 

Heather Grabbe

Dr Heather Grabbe is Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, Brussels. She is a political scientist and advocate for democratic pluralism and open societies. She is ranked among the “women who shape Brussels” by Politico, gave a TED talk on the importance of critical thinking and mindful engagement with post-truth politics, and writes on how climate and technology are affecting the quality of democracy, and economic and social justice.

From 2004-2009 she was Senior Advisor to then European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, responsible for EU policy on the Balkans and Turkey.

Previously she was Deputy Director of the Centre for European Reform, and did academic research at the European University Institute (Florence), Chatham House (London), Oxford and Birmingham universities, and teaching at the London School of Economics. Her most recent publications are Climate Politics in a Fragmented Europe (with Stefan Lehne, Carnegie Europe, 2019) and Refocus the EU: Planet, Lifetime, Technology (report of the European Reformists, 2019).