Roberto Foa – Founding President

Roberto Foa is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Government at Harvard University. Prior to commencing his studies he was designer of the Social Development Indicators Project, an international study of social institutions, at the World Bank in Washington DC. Before that he served as a Peter Martin Fellow at the Financial Times, coordinator of the 2007 World Values Survey in Rwanda, and editor of the English language edition of He is author of the Merchant of Venice blog on EU Observer, and has published a wide range of academic and journalistic articles on topics covering such topics as democratisation, economic policy, and institutional reform in the European Union.

Roberto founded the Washington European Society in 2007 with Domenec Ruiz Devesa, and served as its first president. Before coming to the US, Roberto obtained his BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences from Jesus College, Cambridge. He doesn’t have much spare time, but when he does he eats, sleeps, and travels around the world with a small suitcase.