2 October 2023.
Senior analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute will lead the pan-European think tanks network with its Brussels-based secretariat.
Founded in 2010, the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) is a network of independent European think tanks providing policy relevant analysis of EU foreign policy and action towards the Global South. During 2023, the network has worked in various topical areas, including the potential of development finance for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the green transition, the EU development and partnership programmes and tools, and EU-Africa relations in the current polycrisis context.
The ETTG connects over 400 policy researchers among its six members: the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), the Elcano Royal Institute (Elcano), the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI), the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and ODI.
Iliana Olivié has been appointed Director by the Board of the ETTG after a competitive open recruitment process. She replaces Geert Laporte, who has been Director of the network since 2019. With Iliana Olivié, ETTG members will continue to strengthen their collaboration and collective work on EU international cooperation for global sustainable development.
Olivié, Senior Analyst at Elcano, holds a Ph.D. in Economics, is an Associate Professor at Complutense University of Madrid, a member of the Spanish Development Cooperation Council and Vice-President for policy engagement of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).