Themis Christophidou

Director-General for education, youth, sport and culture, European Commission
Panel discussion: Taking forward two pillars of the EIT in the future: education and the regional dimension

Themis Christophidou is the Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, since March 2018. She is a civil engineer with 33 years of experience in private and public sector management.

After having worked in the private sector for 15 years, 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 between 2010-11. From 2011 to 2014, Themis was the Head of Cabinet of Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and from 2014 to 2018, she was the Head of Cabinet of Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

Themis is an alumna of the civil engineering faculty of the Metsovio Polytechnic University of Athens, specialising in transport infrastructure and urban transport. Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, she is trilingual in Greek, French, English.