Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council
Conference speaker Anthony Gardner was the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. He fulfilled this role from 2014 to 2017 and has devoted over 27 years of his career to U.S.-European affairs, both as a government official and lawyer.
His time as U.S. Ambassador saw Anthony Gardner play an important role in numerous U.S.-EU relationships. Amongst these were the conclusion of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement, the Privacy Shield Agreement, and the Umbrella Agreement. The latter two were with regards to the transfer of personal data by companies based in Europe and the transfer of data between law enforcement authorities respectively. He also played a role in the U.S.-EU coordination of sanctions against Russia after its Crimea annexation.
Anthony Gardner is currently an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a board member of Iberdrola and Brookfield Business Partners, Centre on European Reform, European Policy Centre, and a non-resident fellow of the German Marshall Fund. He also serves as Senior Advisor to the Brunswick Group and as Senior Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Before taking on the role of U.S. Ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner served as a London-based equity firm’s managing director and as an Executor Director at GE Capital. He was also the Director for European Affairs on the U.S. National Security Council. The latter role saw him responsible for U.S. relations with the EU.
Anthony Gardner holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, a JD from Columbia Law School, and a Masters in Finance from London Business School. A prolific writer, he is the author of “A New Era in U.S.-EU Relations?: The Clinton Administration and the New Transatlantic Agenda” and numerous articles on EU affairs.
As a conference speaker, Anthony Gardner focuses on EU data and digital policy as well as in Trans-Atlantic trade. He splits his time between London and Brussels and presents in English.
“Thanks to his deep personal and professional roots in Europe, Ambassador Gardner displayed a rare understanding of European affairs and improved US-EU commercial and political ties at a critical time in the relationship. During his tenure he made relations with the European Parliament a priority on important issues relating to trade, data privacy and the digital economy.”