Neil Campbell is deputy director of the Open Society European Policy Institute and served as acting director from September 2015 to August 2016. He is responsible for developing the positions and profile of the Open Society Foundations on cross-cutting EU policy issues and for developing the strategic direction of the institute. He undertakes analysis and advocacy in the thematic areas of governance and accountability and in other areas relevant to the European Union and the Open Society Foundations. He joined the Foundations in April 2010.
Campbell holds a BA from Durham University and an MA in international studies and diplomacy from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Before joining the Open Society Foundations, he was EU advocacy manager and senior research analyst (2003–2010) at the International Crisis Group, dealing with EU policies on conflict prevention and crisis management, and managing Crisis Group’s targeted advocacy in Brussels. He was selected to the steering committee of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office and was a member of the Young Leader study group on the future of Europe organized by the Dräger Foundation, Zeit-Stiftung and the American Council on Germany. Previously he interned at the European Commission and worked for three years in Japan. He has published articles on a range of EU policy issues.