Economist, European Civil Servant from 1970 to 2005. He presently heads eur-IFRI, the Brussels based think tank of the French institute for international relations (Ifri).
Pierre Defraigne has retired as Deputy Director-General in DG Trade in March 2005. He had been formerly Head of Cabinet for Pascal LAMY, European Commissioner for Trade (1999-2002), after having been Director for North-South Relations, and previously Head of Cabinet for Etienne DAVIGNON, Vice-President of the European Commission (1977-1983).
He teaches European Economic Policy at the UCL. His interests focus on international economic policies, political economy and relations with developing countries.