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Ricardo Borges de Castro
Associate Director and Head of the Europe in the World Programme
Ricardo Borges de Castro is Associate Director and Head of the Europe in the World Programme at the European Policy Centre.

Ricardo served as Adviser for Foreign Affairs and then as Adviser on Strategic Foresight to the European Political Strategy Centre, the European Commission’s in-house think tank, reporting directly to President Jean-Claude Juncker. Ricardo led the EPSC’s work on foresight, focusing mainly on global trends, ‘anticipatory democracy,’ and policymaking. During his tenure, he spearheaded efforts to mainstream anticipation and foresight across Commission services. He was also the European Commission’s project leader for the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS), an EU inter-institutional collaboration on global trends and strategic foresight.

Before joining the EPSC, Ricardo served as Member of Cabinet and Personal Assistant to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, as well as spokesperson for ‘Europe and the World’ at the Commission’s Spokespersons’ Planning and Coordination Unit. In these roles, Ricardo regularly accompanied and assisted President Barroso in his meetings with heads of state and government of EU Member States, in summits with third countries and Strategic Partners (USA, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Korea, South Africa, etc.) and in international fora, including the G20, G8/G7, NATO, ASEM, and the UN.

In Portugal, Ricardo served in the Prime Minister’s Office as Political Adviser to the Prime Minister after spending four years in the Portuguese Parliament as Policy Advisor for foreign affairs, national defence policy, and East Timor.

Ricardo taught international relations at Lusíada University in Lisbon, was a Course Assistant at Harvard Kennedy School, and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Political Studies at the Catholic University in Portugal. He also contributes to executive trainings on ‘strategic foresight’ and ‘evidence-based policymaking’ at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Ricardo is currently an Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative, at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Ricardo holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College).

Besides Portugal, he has lived in the US, UK, Turkey, and lately in Belgium.

Ricardo enjoys running and the outdoors.


Europe in the World


Areas of expertise

EU’s international role, future of Europe, global trends, transatlantic relations, multilateralism, democratisation, strategic foresight, scenarios, enlargement

Current positions

Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative, Geneva Centre for Security Policy


DPhil in International Relations, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), The Fletcher School, Tufts University


Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, Turkish (basic)



Multilateralism & global issues / CONFERENCE
Europe in transition in a world in transition
By Ricardo Borges de Castro - 28/10/2021
EU Governance / COMMENTARY
Europe in the age of permacrisis
By Fabian Zuleeg , Janis A. Emmanouilidis , Ricardo Borges de Castro - 11/03/2021


Democracy / OP-ED
Democracia antecipatória: um paradigma de governança para o século XXI
Ricardo Borges de Castro's EPC commentary on anticipatory democracy was republished by the Portuguese newspaper Público. You can read the piece here (in Portuguese).

09 July 2021 - ,
Foreign policy / INTERVIEW
Biden's charm offensive: US president rekindles EU-US relations
Ricardo Borges de Castro was a guest in The Debate live TV show hosted by Tom Burges Watson. He discussed the EU-US Summit that took place on 15 June 2021 and the future of transatlantic cooperation. The recording is available here.

The Debate
15 June 2021 - ,
France 24
Foreign policy / INTERVIEW
EU:s röriga utrikespolitik
Ricardo Borges de Castro gave an interview on EU foreign policy to Sverige Radio.

The recording is available here.

EU:s röriga utrikespolitik
03 May 2021 - ,
Sverige Radio

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