October 1, 2012
Hans Pung has been appointed president of RAND Europe, an independent, not-for-profit research organization whose mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. He takes over from Jonathan Grant, who will remain at RAND Europe to pursue his wider research interests.
RAND Corporation President and CEO Michael D. Rich announced the appointment. RAND Europe is part of global RAND Corporation, known for delivering the highest quality of world-class research and analysis for over 60 years.
“Hans Pung will be an outstanding leader of RAND Europe because of his demonstrated success in research management and his commitment to using analysis to make a difference on the most important policy issues facing European people, institutions and nations,” Rich said. “We look forward to Hans building on the 20-year legacy of RAND Europe.”
Pung joined RAND Europe in 2002 and has held a number of leadership positions within the organisation. He most recently was vice president of RAND Europe and directed its new research area development. Previously Pung had oversight of RAND Europe's communications and quality management activities, as well as leading its defence and security research programme. He also served as acting president of RAND Europe for seven months in 2011, while his predecessor was on secondment to the RAND Corporation.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to build on our achievements, which have established RAND Europe as a trusted source of policy research in Europe,” Pung said. “We will continue to pursue our commitment to improving European policymaking through research and analysis.” Pung stated.
As president of RAND Europe, Pung will lead a multilingual staff of 80 people, who together represent 21 nationalities. He will oversee RAND Europe's offices in Cambridge, UK, and Brussels, Belgium, and will have responsibility for RAND's research activities in Europe.