The Centre's President has overall responsibility for CEPR's research programme, policy outreach, funding and all appointments. They work closely with the Centre's Research Director, Policy Director, Chief Executive Officer, Programme Directors, and CEPR staff to develop new initiatives and sustain existing activities.
Richard Baldwin was appointed as the Centre's Director in January 2014 and President in July 2016. Baldwin has a long history of leadership positions in CEPR. He was Programme Director of CEPR's International Trade programme from 1991 to 2001 (first with Alan Winters and then with Tony Venables), Co-managing Editor of Economic Policy from 2000 to 2005 (with Giuseppe Bertola and Paul Seabright), Policy Director of CEPR from 2006 to 2013, and Editor-in-Chief of Vox since he founded it in June 2007. He remains as Editor-in-Chief of VoxEU.org.
His academic post is at the Graduate Institute, Geneva where he is Professor of International Economics since 1991. He is also a part-time visiting research professor at the University of Oxford since 2012. Previously, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Business. Just prior to coming to Europe in May 1991, he was a Senior Staff Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors in the Bush Administration (1990-1991) where he followed trade matters including the Uruguay Round, NAFTA, US-Japan Structural Impediments Initiative, and the US-Japan Semiconductor Agreement. He was visiting professor at MIT in 2002/03 and has taught at universities in Australia, Italy, Germany and Norway. He has also worked as consultant for the numerous governments, the European Commission, OECD, World Bank, EFTA, and UNCTAD. He did his PhD in economics at MIT with Paul Krugman, his M.Sc. at London School of Economics with Alaisdair Smith, and his B.A. at University of Wisconsin-Madison with André Sapir. He was awarded honorary doctorates from the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration (2005) and the University of St.Gallen (2012). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals - including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, The American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of International Economics; written a dozen books and policy monographs, including a McGraw-Hill textbook on the Economics of European Integration (with Charles Wyplosz) that is in its 4th edition; and co-edited many VoxEU eBooks. His research interests include international trade, globalisation, regionalism, and European integration.