Jeff Lightfoot

Program Director, Europe
Regions: Europe & Eurasia | Focus Areas: Enterprise Ecosystems

Jeff Lightfoot is Program Director, Europe at the Center for International Private Enterprise and leads CIPE’s Europe office in Bratislava, Slovakia. In this capacity, he is responsible for directing and growing CIPE’s programming within the European Union member states and developing CIPE’s relationship with European institutions. He is also the Europe lead for CIPE’s Transatlantic Market and Democracy Initiative.  

Lightfoot brings to CIPE more than 15 years of experience in advancing US-European relations at the strategic and commercial level. Prior to joining CIPE, he was a vice president at Jones Group International, an international business advisory firm in Vienna, Virginia headed by former NATO commander and US national security advisor General James Jones. Prior to joining the private sector, Jeff was a deputy director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council where he directed studies and grew programming on transatlantic and Middle East security. Jeff is currently a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center’s Transatlantic Security Initiative. 

Lightfoot holds a Masters in European and Eurasian Studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and bachelor’s degrees in French, business, and international affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. He is fluent in French and is learning Slovak.