Gerald Knaus is ESI’s founding chairman. After having studied in Oxford, Brussels and Bologna, he taught economics at the State University of Chernivtsi in Ukraine and spent five years working for NGOs and international organizations in Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 2001 to 2004, he was the director of the Lessons Learned Unit of the EU Pillar of the UN Mission in Kosovo. Gerald Knaus has published many articles and reports that have triggered wide public debates, including “Travails of the European Raj” on Bosnia (2003) and “Member State building and the Helsinki Moment” on the EU’s role in the Balkans (2004). In 2011, he co-authored, alongside Rory Stewart, the book “Can Intervention Work?” He has also co-authored more than 50 ESI reports as well as scripts for 12 TV documentaries on South East Europe. He is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and Associate Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, where he was a Visiting Fellow in 2010/2011 lecturing on state building and intervention.

Paige Alexander is the Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia (E&E). From 2001-2010, Alexander was senior vice president at IREX, prior to which she served for eight years in a number of positions in E&E, including as acting deputy assistant administrator. Alexander’s other notable positions include serving as associate director of Project Liberty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and as a consultant to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Open Society Institute in Prague. Alexander has also served on the boards of the Basic Education Coalition and the Project on Middle East Democracy. Aires and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University.


David Kramer is president of Freedom House, which he joined in October 2010. Prior to joining Freedom House, Kramer was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School for International Affairs at The George Washington University. Before joining GMF, Kramer served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from March 2008 to January 2009. He also was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus affairs as well as regional non-proliferation issues. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. He also was Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy in Washington.

Jeff Goldstein is the senior policy analyst for Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations. Based in Washington D.C., Goldstein is responsible for providing advocacy support for the organization’s programs in the former Soviet Union and Mongolia. Throughout his career, Goldstein has played a significant role in human rights promotion. As a senior program manager for Central Asia and the Caucasus at Freedom House, he sought to improve human rights through legislation and policy protections. He is also a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, having served in the American embassies in Warsaw, Seoul, Moscow, and Tallinn, as well as in several positions in Washington, D.C.

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