The Director-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, Themis Christophidou was interviewed by DAAD Brussels.
In the interview, Director-General Christophidou told us about her first week in office, her understanding about the future role of education on EU level and the new Erasmus proposal, as well as about European values and mobility, mutual recognition of diploma and the initiative of European Universities.
Themis Christophidou is a European public servant who became Director-General for education, youth, sport and culture of the European Commission, in March 2018. She is a civil engineer with 32 years of experience in private and public sector management. She joined the European Commission in 2001. Having held various positions in the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban policy, she worked as Deputy Head of Cabinet of Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism, youth and sport in 2010-2011.
From 2011 to 2014, Themis Christophidou worked as Head of Cabinet of Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries, and from 2014 to 2018, she was Head of Cabinet of Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management. Themis Christophidou is an alumna of the civil engineering school of the Athens Polytechnic Metsovio, specialised in transport infrastructure and urban transport. Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, she is trilingual Greek, French, English.