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Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer is GMF’s senior vice president for geostrategy and a member of its executive team. Her areas of expertise include geopolitics, transatlantic relations, US and French foreign policies, and European affairs. She is also the managing director of Transatlantic Trends, GMF’s annual flagship publication, and of GMF’s Business Alliance, a platform for companies to gain access to the organization’s expertise. She served as GMF’s Paris office director and as a senior fellow until September 2022. 

Before joining GMF, de Hoop Scheffer held several positions in the French government and academia, and as an advisor to international organizations. She was from 2009 to 2011 a senior advisor for US foreign policy and transatlantic relations on the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ policy planning staff. She was also, from 2010 to 2013, an advisor to NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) as part of the Next Generation Advisory Panel.  

de Hoop Scheffer served as a consultant to the French Ministry of Defense on the future of conflicts while earning her PhD at Sciences Po. She has also worked for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, where she contributed to working groups on public administration reform in post-conflict societies.  

de Hoop Scheffer’s expertise is regularly sought by governments and major companies looking to anticipate global risks, and to develop their forward-looking thinking and decision-making. She is a regular public speaker at international forums and top universities, and in the media. She regularly publishes opinion pieces in the international press.  

de Hoop Scheffer is an associate professor at Sciences Po, 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. She holds a PhD in political science, two master’s degrees from Sciences Po, 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). 

Media Mentions

What Macron wanted was to encourage a reflection on important subjects, on which the 27 countries of the EU mostly agree. The starting point for that is to think about the cost of dependencies.
What Macron wanted was to encourage a reflection on important subjects, on which the 27 countries of the EU mostly agree. The starting point for that is to think about the cost of dependencies.
This has led France to actually lead the diplomatic effort from the front. And then you have the US and the U.K. on the other side who are taking a hardline approach to the crisis. So [Emmanuel Macron] has a quite unique position to really play the role of mediator and, I would say, facilitator of a potential compromise.
We won’t have a choice because the United States is finally operationalizing its pivot to the Indo-Pacific. So we will have to much more take care of our neighborhood.