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Johannes Lindner, New Co-Director of the Jacques Delors Centre

We are pleased to welcome Johannes Lindner as the new Think Tank Director of the Jacques Delors Centre. He comes to us from the European Central Bank, where he worked as Head of the EU Institutions and Fora Division.

As our new Co-Director, Johannes Lindner will be replacing Anke Hassel as Director of the Think Tank arm of the Centre, working in close tandem with Markus Jachtenfuchs, who will remain the Co-Director for the research arm of the Centre. With Johannes Lindner at the helm, we are looking forward to a melding of tradition and new ideas.

His main topics of interest are the economic and monetary union, financial integration, and the EU budget. “I see the name Jacques Delors that the Centre bears as a special responsibility and tradition that I am very conscious of.” says Lindner.

“Henrik Enderlein set up the Jacques Delors Centre as a leading voice for addressing the governance of the EU. It is unique as it combines a policy focused think tank with an excellent research arm. During the last year we have carried his mission forward in challenging times. I am grateful for the great spirit and motivation of the team and delighted to hand over to Johannes Lindner. With his experience and intellect, he is a perfect match for our think tank.” says Anke Hassel.

Prior to joining the Centre, Johannes Lindner spent almost two decades at the ECB, working in several policy areas including acting as Counsellor to a member of the Executive Board and working as an Advisor for Market Infrastructure and Payments. He studied economics and politics and has a master's degree from the London School of Economics (MSc Public Administration and Public Policy) as well as from the University of Cologne (Diplom-Volkswirt). He also has a doctorate degree in politics from the University of Oxford, where his research was focused on EU budgetary decision-making.

In addition to his work as our new Co-Director, Johannes Lindner has also been honoured with the inaugural Henrik Enderlein Fellowship, presented by the Stiftung Mercator, and named after the former Hertie School President. “I am glad to follow – in as much as I can – in the large footsteps that Henrik Enderlein has left. Henrik and I shared a friendship since the mid-nineties. Like many of us, I have benefited greatly from his insights and advice” he says. In his role as Henrik Enderlein Fellow, Lindner will be researching and teaching at the Hertie School, offering a continued contribution to the European dialogue.

For more information, read the press release from the Hertie School here