Anna Diamantopoulou is a Civil Engineer by training with graduate studies in Regional Development, has been a member of the Greek Parliament for 11 years. In 1999 she was appointed as European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (1999-2004).
In 2009 she served as Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs until March of 2012, and consequently as the Minister of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping until May 2012.
Anna Diamantopoulou is active in European affairs. She is Presidium Member of the “Friends of Europe”, the Brussels-based think tank exploring thinking on the future of the EU, and a Steering Committee Member of “Notre Europe-Jaques Delors Institute” the Paris-based think tank dedicated to European integration and unity. She has also served as the Chairperson of the Party of European Socialists’ Forum on the European Dimension of New Social Europe.
She has served as a Fisher Family Fellow (2012) of the Harvard Kennedy School lecturing on European Affairs, and as a Distinguished Scholar at Singapore’s Lee Kuan School of Public Policy (2015).