The Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou

Former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities; Former Greek Minister for Development, Competitiveness, and Shipping

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Biography

The Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou’s political career began in 1984 when she became the youngest Prefectat ever in Local Administration. Two years later, in 1986, she was appointed as Secretary General for Adult Education and later for Youth. Ms. Diamantopoulou was appointed President of the Hellenic Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Undertakings and Handicrafts (EOMMEX) in 1993, and went on to begin her parliamentary career in 1996 when she was elected as a Member of Parliament for the district of Kozani. During this time, she was also appointed Deputy Minister for Development in charge of privatization and industrial restructuring, a position she held until 1999. Ms. Diamantopoulou then served as European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities from 1999-2004, Member of Parliament for Athens in 2007 and 2009, Greek Shadow Minister of Education from 2007-2009, Greek Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning, and Religious Affairs from 2009-2012, and Greek Minister for Development, Competitiveness, and Shipping from March-May 2012. Ms. Diamantopoulou is currently a Member of Parliament in Greece for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).  

Ms. Diamantopoulou undertook her studies at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki where she focused on civil engineering, and later went on to earn graduate honours on Regional Development at the Panteion University. She frequently lectures at universities, and to-date has presented at: Bocconi University in Milan, the University of Frankfurt, the London School of Economics, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Athens, the University of Modena, Boston University, Queen’s College New York, MIT, and Harvard University.

Ms. Diamantopoulou is involved in several international activities, including her positions as: Member of the Board of Trustees of Friends of Europe since 2005, Member of the Board of NotreEurope since 2006, and Chairperson of the Party of European Socialists’ Committee on the European Dimension of New Social Europe. She has also been awarded several honors, including the Officer of the Legion d’ Honneur from the President of the French Republic and a special recognition from the Confederation of Danish Industrialists for her creation of her program on CSR.

Ms. Diamantopoulou is the author of several publications, including: Intelligent Greece; European Integration and Governance: A Comparison with the US Model in Transatlantic Relations: Cooperation or Competition; and The Future of Europe: A Discussion for All - A Question of Participation.