John Richardson is a senior non resident fellow in GMF's Brussels office after a lengthy career in the European Commission (EC). From 1978-96, he occupied various posts in the external relations part of the EC, including EU negotiator for trade in services during the Uruguay Round, and unit head, first for relations with the United States, then for relations with Japan. In October 1996, he became deputy head of the Commission’s delegation to the United States in Washington, DC and in May 2001, he became ambassador and head of delegation to the United Nations in New York. He maintains an abiding interest in how cultural differences affect world affairs.
Starting in May 2005, for three years he headed the task force that developed the integrated maritime policy for the EU, which was adopted by the European Council in December 2007.
He left the European Commission after 35 years of service in July 2008, but has retained a keen interest and an extensive network in international affairs. He is chairman of the ESPO award committee and a member of the board of trustees of Sail Training International, and provides consultancy services through FIPRA. He has been a member of the board of the Salzburg Global Seminar for many years.
He spent four years as an economist with Unilever before joining the European Commission to work on environmental policy in 1973.
Richardson has masters degrees in chemistry from the University of Cambridge and economics from University College London.