Anna Athanasopoulou

Head of Unit, Tourism, Emerging & Creative Industries, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs, European Commission

Anna Athanasopoulou is Head of Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries at the European Commission.  An EU official since 2002, she held various posts relating to culture, media and creative industries, and external relations (human rights and humanitarian affairs). She has served as Deputy Head of Creative Europe, Assistant to the Deputy Director-General at DG Education and Culture and Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and she also worked at the EU Council Office in Geneva. Before joining the EU civil service, Anna worked as Adviser to Ministers of Culture in Greece and Director of Programme Planning for the 2004 Cultural Olympiad. In parallel she lectured on History of Art and Cultural Management. Anna studied Archaeology and History of Art (Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki) and specialised in History of Art (Master of Arts, George Washington University; Ph.D, Courtauld Institute of Art).