Ernst Stetter is the Secretary General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) since 2008.
He is a regular commentator on EU affairs in the media and visiting fellow at University of Greenwich, London.
An economist and political scientist, he studied at Tübingen and Heidelberg, focusing on international trade, finance, economic and social policy as well as development issues. In 1980 he obtained his PhD in political science.
In 1976, Ernst Stetter began his professional career as a lecturer in economics at the DGB Trade Union Centre for Vocational Training in Heidelberg. From 1980 to 2008 he worked for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in various positions, including as a consultant in Dakar, Senegal; as Head of the Africa Department; and as Head of the Central Europe Unit. In 1997 he moved to Paris and became Director of the FES Office in France, then in 2003 he was appointed Director of the EU-Office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Brussels.
In 2003 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mérite.