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The Washington area contains an incredible concentration of talent with a keen interest in Europe, whether working in the international financial institutions, embassies, think-tanks, private sector and institutions of higher education.

Founded in September 2007 and registered as a non-profit in October 2008, the objective of the Washington European Society is to foster debate, discussion and mutual ties among European (-minded) young professionals living and working in the DC metro area, so as to promote exchange of ideas and awareness of shared values. Participation is free and open to all, whether European by origin or European in spirit.

Some of our past speakers include the former Prime Ministers of France (Balladur) and Poland (Belka), the Vice President of the European Commission, Baroness Ashton, European Commissioner Huebner and Kuneva, Brookings President Talbott, former UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis, Foreign Policy Editor Moises Naim, David Rothkopf, various European ambassadors, journalists such as Alan Beattie and Jurek Martin, both from the Financial Times, representatives of the IMF and World Bank, and private sector participants such as Angel Ubide from Tudor Investment.

In the past, we have collaborated with the Atlantic Council, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the EU Delegation in Washington and German Marshall Fund, among others. Our Board of Directors includes leading young professionals from academia, government, media, the private sector and think tanks in Washington DC. Many of our past Board members have continued exciting career paths in DC and elsewhere.

Our growing Advisory Board consists so far of E!Sharp Publisher Paul Adamson; Alan Beattie, International Economy Editor of the Financial Times; Annette Heuser, Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation- Washington D.C; Domenico Lombardi, President of the Oxford Institute for Economic Policy and Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution; El Mundo DC Correspondent Pablo Pardo; and Angel Ubide, Director of Global Economics at Tudor Investment Corporation and a Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute of International Economics.

Upcoming events (1)

AI & Tech: Policy and Public Opinion

The Apollo

We are pleased to invite the members of the Washington European Society(WES) and the Young Professionals in International Affairs (YPIA) to a discussion-evening with Jeffrey Brown, Manager of Future of Work & Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Bertelsmann Foundation, and Aaron Smith, Associate Director of Research on Internet and Technology Issues at Pew Research Centre on Tuesday April 30th at 6pm at @WeWork — The Apollo. ++++ The content of the event will be twofold: on one hand, we will discuss the implications of AI, technological innovations, and the impact of the future of work; on the other hand, we will discuss the public knowledge of upcoming changes related to AI, automation, and technological innovation. ++++ We hosts this event as a debate-oriented evening discussion where we want to focus on the relevance and quality of the debate (we have 20-25 seats available). The added value for our members is to have a direct conversation with our experts in an informal setting. As we have 20-25 seats available, please reserve a spot through Eventbrite (the password is “automation”). We ask our members to be sure of their attendance before reserving a spot as seats are limited! EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-tech-policy-and-public-opinion-tickets-60494787538 As usual, after our discussion we will head out to a bar for after-discussion drinks! We look forward to seeing you all Tuesday April 30th at 6pm at @WeWork — The Apollo. More information about our experts speakers: Aaron Smith: Aaron Smith is associate director of research on internet and technology issues at Pew Research Center. Much of his recent research focuses on the impact of technology on workforce and economic issues, Americans’ attitudes towards the sharing and gig economy, and the potential impact of advancements in workforce automation. He has also conducted studies examining the impact of the digital divide and the growing role of mobile devices in Americans’ digital access habits, the importance of technology to special populations such as older adults, and the role of digital platforms in connecting Americans to political and civic information. He has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin. Smith has testified before Congress and conducts regular briefings and media interviews on the Center’s technology research. Jeffrey Brown: Jeffrey joined the Bertelsmann Foundation in August 2015. In his current role, he manages the Foundation’s project streams on the future of work and artificial intelligence. Jeffrey’s research activities include the geopolitical and workforce implications of artificial intelligence and the impact of the future of work on cities and regions in the United States and European Union. Jeffrey obtained his master’s degree in political science and European studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he participated in the TransAtlantic Masters program. While studying at UNC-CH and Sciences Po Paris, he completed an internship with the U.S. Department of State in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he analyzed political developments in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and implementation of Georgia’s free trade agreement with the European Union. Jeffrey also completed internships with the U.S. Commercial Service in Paris and Lisbon.

Past events (10)

Joint April Happy Hour: WES and YPFP Europe DG

Sauf Haus Bier Hall

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