She graduated in Economics (Bsc and DEA) and in Political Science (DEA) at the University of Paris 1 . She started her carreer as a journalist before joining the European Commission where she has held responsibilities in Development & cooperation (international commodity agreements), information & communication (information Europe – 1/3 world) and social & employment policy . She headed the Equal Opportunities for Women and men in DG employment from 1992 to 1996.
In 1996 she joined the Forward Studies Unit which she left in 2000 to join the team in charge of the White paper on European Governance. After the publication of the white paper, she was seconded for 2 years to the European Parliament.
In BEPA she has contributed to projects and reports on “Investing in Youth, an empowerment strategy” “Migration and public perceptions in the EU” “Advantages of Europe” and “Social Innovation”
She has a specific expertise in the fields of gender, social and employment policy and fundamental rights.
She is the author of two books (“L'Europe et les femmes, identités en mouvement”, ed. Apogée, and “Democracy and Information Society in Europe”, in Forward Studies series – Kogan page) and of numerous articles and academic contributions in the field of gender equality and European integration.
She has developed and taught seminars on “EU and Gender” at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University, Mass. USA) and at the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid. She has undertaken research on the mutually reinforcing dynamics of gender equality and European integration.