Van Praagh, Kleine-Brockhoff take on senior roles at GMF
Former chief advisor to Canadian foreign minister, Die Zeit Washington bureau chief enhance GMF’s work on transatlantic policy and wider Europe.
WASHINGTON (May 21, 2007) - The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) announced today that Peter Van Praagh has joined and Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff will join GMF as senior directors.
Van Praagh, formerly senior policy advisor to Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay, spearheads GMF's work in wider Europe and Turkey and oversees GMF's Balkan Trust for Democracy and soon-to-launch Black Sea Trust. Kleine-Brockhoff, Washington bureau chief for the German weekly Die Zeit, will join GMF in July to oversee GMF's foreign policy and economic policy programs and its fellowship programs.
"We are privileged to have two such experienced and knowledgeable individuals join GMF's staff," said GMF President Craig Kennedy. "Their arrivals come at an auspicious time for GMF. With changes in leadership in key countries like Britain, France, and Germany, and continued challenges facing regions like the Balkans, the Black Sea, and Turkey, Peter and Thomas will help GMF navigate an important moment in the transatlantic relationship."
Prior to joining GMF, Van Praagh was the senior policy advisor to Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter MacKay. He has also been the deputy vice president of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and country director for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in the Former Soviet Union and in Turkey.
Kleine-Brockhoff currently serves as the Washington bureau chief of Die Zeit, Germany's intellectual weekly. An expert on transatlantic relations and foreign policy, he has been called upon to provide expertise as a witness to the U.S. Congress. In addition, Kleine-Brockhoff is a frequent commentator on transatlantic and U.S.-German affairs, briefing visiting members of the German and European Parliaments, speaking at universities like Johns Hopkins and Harvard, serving as a panelist at think tanks like the Brookings Institution and the New America Foundation, commentating on TV stations including PBS and CNBC, and contributing to American, German, Swiss, and Italian public radio outlets and to newspapers like The Washington Post.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (www.gmfus.org) is a nonpartisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between the United States and Europe. Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to the Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Bratislava, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, and Bucharest.