EXPERTISE: CIVIL SOCIETY CAPACITY BUILDING; GOOD GOVERNANCE & ANTI-CORRUPTION
In 2015, Jeff Lovitt co-founded New Diplomacy to address the challenges facing global and regional policymakers in the eastern and southern neighbourhoods of the European Union. New Diplomacy focuses on civil society engagement in policymaking, security policy reform, and media standards. Jeff currently serves as its Chair. He is a member of the International Experts Panel of the Open Government Partnership (www.opengovpartnership.org). Jeff was Editor in 2016-17 of two Council of Europe studies on Civil Participation in Political Decision-Making in the Six Eastern Partnership Countries, and is Editor in Chief of the Eastern Partnership Index. He 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 2012, and again in 2014, he was co-Chair of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
From 2005-2015, he was Executive Director of the PASOS think-tank network covering Europe and Central Asia. He developed PASOS as a leading regional civil society network, acting as a re-granter for the Open Society Foundations, and he put the Open Government Partnership on the agenda in the Western Balkans, resulting in the first annual OGP Balkans Dialogue conference in Tirana in 2015. From 2000-2005, he was Director of Communications at the international secretariat of Transparency International. 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 has been an op-ed contributor for the International Herald Tribune and Project Syndicate. In 2015 and 2017, he served as a member of the Advisory Group on Media Freedom in the Eastern Partnership countries, chaired first by the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council and then by the European Commission.