Movers & shakers


The 89 Initiative is at the vanguard of the public and policy debates, thanks to its cycles of events and flagship conferences organised all over Europe.

Their result is usually a short policy report or series of recommendations. Speakers and participants have included former heads of state, government, Nobel Prize winners, Commissioners, ministers, MPs, civil servants, and a plethora of academics and policy experts.


The 89 Initiative podcast


Our Talking Europe series are roundtable discussions involving experts and researchers. Topics of key relevance included the immediate Brexit fallout, the election of Donald Trump as US President, as well as the rise of Emmanuel Macron.

In its inaugural year, Talking Europe produced 12 podcasts hosted by Michael Cottakis, 5 policy briefs, 4 public events bringing together some of Europe’s most exciting minds, and a weekly News Brief with a weekly analysis on EU current affairs from an 89er perspective.


Cover Event OECD

Listening to Young People for Better Social Policies


27-28 February
LSE, Library Old Building 6th floor, Shaw Library, WC2A 2AE, London

Co-organised by the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality (COPE) and The 89 Initiative, the conference will focus on future directions for social policy-making and implementation, in particular looking at what are the social risks that matter to different generations and to foreign-born and native-born populations. What actions can governments take to address these risks, and is there a role for intergovernmental organisations? The issue of social and environmental policies are also playing an important role in the conversation, together with social mobility, housing affordability, future of the job market and economic insecurity.


  • Alberto AlemannoJean Monnet Professor of European Union Law and Regulation
  • Andreas AktoudianakisSpecial Assistant, Open Society European Policy Institute
  • Cherry JamesSenior Lecturer, Southbank University London
  • Corrado MacchiarelliVisiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Françoise BoucekLecturer, Queen Mary University of London
  • Genevieve Pons-DeladriereDirector IJD Representation to the EU, Jacques Delors Institute
  • James Ker-LindsaySenior Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Joaquín AlmuniaFormer European Commissioner and Visiting Professor, LSE
  • Kristina KazmiDirector, Counterpoint
  • Leopold TraugottPolicy Analyst, Open Europe
  • Lisa FischerPolicy Advisor, E3G’s London office
  • Marrku MarrkulaPresident of the European Committee of the Regions
  • Mary HoneyballMember of the European Parliament
  • Peter WildingDirector, British Influence and Former Head of Media for the Conservative Party in the European Parliament
  • Philippe LegrainFormer advisor to the President of the Commission and Senior Visiting Fellow, LSE
  • Richard LewisSenior Research Fellow Migration & Diversity, Institute for European Studies
  • Rosa BalfourActing Director of the Europe Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Ruxandra TrandafoiuUniversity Reader and former Journalist, the Edgehill University
  • Shahin ValléeFormer Economic Advisor to the President of the European Council and Senior Economist at Soros Fund Management
  • Simon GlendinningProfessor of European Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Spyros EconomidesDirector of the Hellenic Observatory and Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Steve CoulterFellow in Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Viktoria NagyPresident of the Youth Committee, ETUC
  • Waltraud SchelkleAssociate Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Zuzana StuchlíkováHead of the Brussels Office, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

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