Gerald Knaus (Austria) is the European Stability Initiative’s (ESI) founding chairman. After studying in Oxford, Brussels, and Bologna, he taught university economics in Ukraine and spent ten years working for NGOs and international organisations in Bulgaria, Bosnia and Kosovo. He published extensively on migration, the rule of law in Europe and refugee issues, was well as on corruption. In 2011, he wrote the book “Can Intervention Work?” with the British writer and politician Rory Stewart. He is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and was for five years an Associate Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. In 2020, he published the SPIEGEL bestseller “Welche Grenzen brauchen wir?” (“What Borders Do We Need?”). He writes the blog www.rumeliobserver.eu and tweets on @rumeliobserver.