David Baldock was the Executive Director of IEEP for eighteen years until July 2016 and is now a Senior Fellow. He studied Economics and Philosophy at Cambridge and has had a career in independent policy institutes, initially specialising in energy and the environmental dimension of agriculture. He joined the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) in 1984 and was Director from 1998 to 2016, establishing the Brussels office in 2000. He has engaged in many aspects of European environmental, agricultural, climate and related policies and is an experienced observer of EU affairs. As well as independent work he has led a large number of policy research studies for the European Commission, European Parliament, OECD, national governments, foundations and NGOs. He has been published widely and regularly gives evidence to parliamentary committees and government agencies. He established the Institute’s agricultural policy work in the mid-1980s and has been involved in many of the key European debates about the greening of agricultural policy, from high nature value farming to cross compliance.