President Juncker appointed today Ann Mettler, as Head of the European Commission's new European Political Strategy Centre. The EPSC is the Commission's in-house think-tank providing specialised policy advice and forward-looking studies to the President and the College.
Ms Mettler was executive director and co-founder of The Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank and policy network. Prior to founding the organisation, Ann served as Director for Europe at the World Economic Forum from 1997-2000. From 1997-2000, Ms Mettler held positions on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the United States Senate, a strategic advisory firm in Washington, DC and the foreign policy division of the European Commission, Brussels.
Ann, 43, of Swedish citizenship, has lived and worked in Greece, the United States, Switzerland and Belgium. She holds Masters degrees in political science and European law and economics, and graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico, USA, and the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) in Bonn, Germany.
Ms Mettler's long experience in strategic analysis and sound expertise in digital and innovation aspects of economic reform, will enable the Commission's European Political Strategy Centre to play a key role in advising the President and the College on matters related to the Commission's political priorities. Her experience will also help boost relations between the European Commission and decision-makers, think tanks and civil society at large.
The new European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), announced on 5 November 2014, is a revamped version of the former Bureau of European Policy Advisers. It will provide professional and targeted advice to the President and it will be organised around six teams (composed of up to six members): an Economic Team, a Social Affairs Team, a Sustainable Development Team, a Foreign Affairs Team, an Institutional Team and an Outreach and Communication Team.