Head of the European Political Strategy Centre
Ann Mettler is a Director-General at the European Commission where she heads the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank which reports directly to President Juncker. In this capacity, Ann also serves as Chair of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS), an inter-institutional project aimed at strengthening the EU's foresight capacity and anticipatory governance. The Global Go To Think Tank Index awarded ‘Best New Think Tank 2016’ the EPSC. Prior to assuming this position in December 2014, Ann was for eleven years Executive Director of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank she co-founded in 2003. From 2000-2003, she worked at the World Economic Forum, where she last served as Director for Europe. Ann holds Masters Degrees in political science and European law and economics, and graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico, USA, and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, Germany. She also completed the executive education course 'Innovative Technology Leader' at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, USA.