Roger Casale is the Director of The New Europeans AISBL, a civil rights NGO based in Brussels which promotes European citizenship and CEO of New Europeans Association Ltd in the UK.Previously he ran a government affairs consultancy with clients in Europe and the United States. He has lived, worked and studied in Oxford, London, Munich, Berlin and Bologna.
From 1997-2005 he was the Labour Member of Parliament for Wimbledon, and between 2002 and 2005 a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the British Foreign Office. He left the Labour party in 2017 to campaign for pro-European candidates in the UK General election on behalf of a new organisation called Yes2Europe.
In 2009, he was made Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for services to British-Italian relations. In February 2017, Roger won the Financial Times Future of Britain Award for his article „A Green Card for Europe“ . In March he also won the Sheila MacKechnie Foundation People’s Choice Award for his leadership of the campaign to give unilateral guarantees to UK citizens in the EU and EU citizens in the UK following the Brexit vote.
Roger is a visiting speaker at universities and conferences on Brexit and the future of Europe. He is active in an advisory role in both the private and not-for-profit sectors and is a board member of the Europe’s People’s Forum. He blogs at: http://www.neweuropeans.net .