Jeff Lovitt, International Experts Panel (IEP) of IRM, New Diplomacy, Czech Republic/United Kingdom

Jeff Lovitt is the Chair of New Diplomacy, an association established in Prague in 2015 to address the challenges facing global and regional policymakers in the eastern and southern neighbourhoods of the European Union. New Diplomacy focuses on security policy, diplomacy, and media standards, including raising the quality and accuracy of factual information available to policymakers and the wider public.

Jeff has provided policy expertise and risk consultancy services to clients such as the Council of Europe and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Since September 2016, he has been a member of the International Experts Panel of the OGP's Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM).

From 2005-2015, Jeff was Executive Director of PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society), a network of independent think-tanks in Europe and Central Asia. He developed PASOS as a leading regional civil society network (in 2012, and again in 2014, he served as co-Chair of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum), and he helped to place the Open Government Partnership on the agenda in the Western Balkans, resulting in the first annual OGP Balkans Dialogue conference in Tirana in 2015 (a PASOS project initiative).

From 2000-2005, he was Director of Communications at the international secretariat of Transparency International (TI).

From 1995-1998, he was Central Europe correspondent for The European newspaper, and from 1987-1995 he was an editor and journalist in London for The European, the Sunday Times, New Statesman, Tribune, and other titles. He was an op-ed contributor for the International Herald Tribune.

Jeff has conceived and managed projects linking up civil society actors in the Middle East, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia with independent think-tanks in Central Europe.

He has delivered training courses for journalists on reporting on corruption, and for think-tank leaders on strategic communications.

In 2015, he was a member of the Advisory Group on Media Freedom in the Eastern Partnership countries, chaired by the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council.

He is the author and editor of a range of publications on inclusive policymaking, including:

  • Democracy’s New Champions. European Democracy Assistance after EU Enlargement (2008);
  • How to Win Respect and Influence Policymakers. Principles for Effective Quality Controls in the Work of Independent Think-tanks (2011);
  • The Right Approach to Europe. An Advocacy Handbook for Civil Society: Understanding and Influencing EU Policymaking (2012);
  • European Integration Index 2014 for Eastern Partnership Countries
  • Civil Participation in Political Decision-Making in the Six Eastern Partnership Countries - Part One. Laws and Policies (Council of Europe, 2016).