Charles Grant helped to found the Centre for European Reform (CER) in 1996. In 1998, he left The Economist to become the CER’s first—and to date only—director. He works on, among other subjects, Britain’s relationship with the EU, the future of the European Union, EU foreign policy, Russia and China. Grant took a diploma in French politics at Grenoble University and joined Euromoney, the financial magazine, in 1981 and The Economist in 1986. He was a director and trustee of the British Council from 2002 to 2008 and a member of the international advisory board of the Moscow School of Political Studies from 2002 to 2015. He is a member of the international advisory boards of the Turkish think tank EDAM, the French think tank Terra Nova and the Italian think tank Aspen Italia. He is a member of the Council of the Ditchley Foundation, the advisory board of the UCL European Institute, the Scottish First Minister’s Standing Council on Europe and the Brexit Advisory Panel of Make UK. In 2004 he became a Knight of France’s National Order of Merit, and in 2013 a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG. In 2015, he was awarded both the Bene Merito medal by the Polish government and the Star of Italy medal by the Italian government.