Thomas Ilka started working for the Foundation in January 2019. As the director of the European Dialogue he is responsible for the activities of the offices in Brussels and Prague and the projects initiated from these offices in European countries such as the UK, France, Spain and Hungary. He was the Head of European Affairs of the German Insurance Association (GDV) in Brussels and Berlin before joining the foundation. Thomas Ilka has previously been state secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health between 2011 and early 2014. He gained his first Brussels experience as the head of the Europe department of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) between 2007 and 2011. In total he worked more than 11 years for the DIHK in Bonn, Berlin and Brussels. His professional career began in the 1990s as the head of office for Member of the German Parliament Paul Friedhoff. Mr. Ilka has a degree in economics from the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel.