Agathe Demarais

I am a senior policy fellow on geoeconomics at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). I love to present complex issues in a clear, accessible way. My areas of interest include the global economy, geopolitics, sanctions, de-risking and export controls. I am based in London, with frequent trips to Paris.

Before joining ECFR, I was the global forecasting director of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research arm of The Economist. I led the EIU’s global economic and geopolitical analysis, with a special interest in trade developments, emerging markets and economic statecraft.

I am the author of Backfire, a book on the global ripple effects of sanctions and export controls. Backfire draws on my experience as an economic policy advisor for the diplomatic corps of the French Treasury in Russia and Lebanon. I also worked in investment banking in Russia and the US.

I am a regular columnist for Foreign Policy and a frequent commentator for the media. My essays have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Economist, The Times, The Journal of Democracy, Politico, Le Grand Continent and The World Politics Review.

An economist by training, I have master’s degrees from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University, where I studied as a Fulbright scholar. I speak fluent French, English, Russian, Arabic (Levantine dialect and Classical) and Spanish. Beyond work, I am also:

For more information, my résumé is available here.