World Border Security Congress

Guillaume Xavier-Bender

Guillaume Xavier-Bender

Policy Director

Airlines for Europe (A4E)


Guillaume Xavier-Bender joined Airlines for Europe (A4E) as Policy Director in April 2016, where he notably manages the association’s work on aviation security, passenger data and border control. He joined A4E after close to a decade in international relations, policy analysis, and multi-stakeholder engagement across sectors. Prior to A4E he was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), leading the think tank’s initiatives in Brussels on the transatlantic economy, economic security, strategic industries, and innovation. Between 2010 and 2016 he played various roles within GMF by contributing to its convening activities, briefing policymakers and industry stakeholders, and commenting on transatlantic relations and European affairs. In addition to speaking engagements, his interventions have appeared on outlets such as Euronews, CCTV, MNI, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Digital Post and U.S. News. Before moving to Brussels he worked for the French Secretariat General for Defense and National Security (SGDSN) in Paris. A native of France, he has also lived in the United States, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Guillaume holds a master’s degree in international economic policy from Sciences Po in Paris, a master’s degree in diplomacy and strategic negotiations from the Université Paris-Sud XI, and a bachelor’s in international law from the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. He is a Non-Resident Transatlantic Fellow with GMF, and an active member of Women in International Security Brussels (WIIS Brussels).