Dr. Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer is the director of the Paris office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the director of research for Transatlantic Security. Her areas of expertise include U.S. and French foreign policies, transatlantic relations, European affairs, and geopolitics. She is the managing director of GMF’s annual publication Transatlantic Trends and of GMF’s Paris Business Alliance, a platform for companies to gain access to GMF’s expertise, events, networks of influential government and business leaders, and cutting-edge analysis.
Before joining GMF, Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer held several positions in the French government and academia and advised international organizations. She served as a senior advisor for U.S. foreign policy and transatlantic relations on the Policy Planning Staff of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2011. She was an advisor to NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) as part of the Next Generation Advisory Panel from 2010 to 2013. She served as a consultant to the French Ministry of Defense on U.S. defense policy and the future of conflicts from 2006 to 2009, while conducting her PhD at Sciences Po Paris. In 2006, she worked for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, where she contributed to working groups on public administration reform in post-conflict societies. Her expertise is also regularly sought by major companies to assist them in anticipating global risks.
Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer is an associate professor at Sciences Po Paris, a member of the advisory board of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), and a member of the editorial board of the Washington Quarterly journal. She holds a PhD in political science, two master’s degrees from Sciences Po Paris and a bachelor’s degree in War Studies from Kings College London. She is the author of the book Hamlet en Irak (CNRS éditions, 2007) and she regularly publishes articles and op-eds in international newspapers and journals.