Brookings Institution - United States
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Ambassador Norman L. Eisen is a Visiting Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. His research includes work on the effectiveness of open government that he will present at the Summit. Eisen served from January 2009 to January 2011 in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, where he was dubbed by the press as “Mr. No” and "the Ethics Czar" for his tough anti-corruption approach. He also advised President Obama on lobbying regulation, campaign finance law, and open government issues, including helping to develop the initial plan for the OGP. Following his service in the White House, Eisen served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014, where he continued his focus on reform and transparency issues internationally. Before entering public service, Eisen co-founded Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a watchdog group, and was also an attorney in private practice whose cases included Enron, the subprime financial collapse, and the 2000 and 2004 U.S. presidential recounts. Eisen was credited by director Wes Anderson as an inspiration for the character of the crusading lawyer Deputy Kovacs in the 2014 film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Eisen received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991 and his B.A. from Brown University in 1985, both with honors. His forthcoming book, The Last Palace, an account of the struggles of democracy in Central Europe over the past century, will be published by Penguin Random House.