Brain Trust Member


Alexander Görlach

Founder & Publisher of The European; Adviser to the F. D. Roosevelt Foundation at Harvard University College



Alexander Görlach is an adviser to the F. D. Roosevelt Foundation at Harvard University College, at Adams House. Prior to this current engagement Alex served in the foundation's "In Defense of Democracy"-program as affiliate professor. He is further a senior research associate at the University of Cambridge in England, at the Institute for Religion and International Studies at Clare College, a senior fellow to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and a honorary professor for ethics and theology at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.

Prior to his current engagements at Harvard Alex was a visiting scholar and a J. F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow at both, the Center for European Studies and the Divinity School at Harvard. Alex holds a PhD in linguistics and another one in comparative religion. In both works, he looks into Western and Muslim societies, their narratives, capacity of dialogue, and media sphere. Prior to his current affiliation at Cambridge University he served as fellow at the Center for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).

In the academic year 2017-2018 Alex is a visiting scholar at National Taiwan University and at City University of Hong Kong. He is also invited to give a lecture in Seoul and Singapore. In June and July 2017 Alex was invited as visiting scholar to the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain. Alex is also a "Future World Fellow" at the Center for the Governance of Change at the International University in Spain.


At the Berggruen Institute, a think tank based in Los Angeles, Alex looks into the encounter of Western and Eastern philosophy, religion, and ethics. Another topic of his at the Institute is the impact of digital transformation and artificial intelligence on societies. As a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York, he works on concepts of the West and what regions of the world belong to it. He will focus on Latin America.

Dr. Görlach is an acclaimed writer and op-edist. His opinion pieces and essays are published internationally. He is, amongst others, a contributor to The New York Times, American Prospect, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and DIE ZEIT. Alex is a columnist for WirtschaftsWoche, Germany's leading business weekly. He also operates as Editor at Large for the Berggruen Institute's magazine, The World Post.

Alexander is the founder of the debate magazine The European, which he also ran as editor-in-chief in the years 2009 to 2015. In 2016 Alex founded the media-initiative, where he discusses the achievements and the challenges of humanism and enlightenment with internationally acclaimed scientists such as Noam Chomsky, Francis Fukuyama, Charles Taylor, and Niall Ferguson. This online magazine is meant to spark intellectual resistance against the rise of populism and autocrats in the Western world.

In his last book "We want to see you fail!" Alex examines the reasons for German malice and how it poisons efforts of innovation in the German society in the current age. Alex is a frequent guest in international TV and radio programs.