Michael Remmert is the Deputy to the Director of Policy Planning at the Council of Europe. He joined the Council of Europe in 1994, initially working in the field of social cohesion, then on democratic institutions and e-governance, which included responsibility for intergovernmental committees of experts and the co-ordination of the CoE’s contributions to the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and to other international fora. He was also in charge of the annual sessions of the Council of Europe’s Forum for the Future of Democracy which took place from 2005 to 2010. His present responsibilities include overseeing the Network of Schools of Political Studies which offer high quality training for young political leaders in Europe and beyond. Michael studied political science and economics in Germany and Canada, was a university lecturer and civic education trainer from 1988 to1993, and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Freiburg/Germany.