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EuroCham is pleased to invite you to a closed door discussion with Director Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation, Directorate–General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, who will give an introduction to the Horizon 2020 programme; the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Director Russo is also keen to seek business feedback on opportunities for EU-Singapore cooperation in Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) especially on ICT, Energy and Biotech sectors.

Hurry up and sign up as places are limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis!

Maria Cristina Russo was appointed Director for International Cooperation in DG Research and Innovation on the 1st July 2013. She leads the efforts of the European Commission to foster research and innovation cooperation with international partners in order to: strengthen the EU’s scientific excellence and attractiveness; foster its industrial competitiveness; tackle global societal challenges; and support the EU’s external policies, including trade, development, enlargement, etc.

From 2010-2013 she served in DG Health and Consumer Affairs as the Head of Unit for “Financial Services and Redress”. During 2004-2010 she served within the Secretariat General of the Commission as a Head of Unit, where she was responsible for the units in charge of “Relations with the Council-Coreper I”, “Co-decision” and “Strategic Objective Security and Justice”.

From 1999-2004 she served as a member of the Cabinet of Philippe Busquin, Commissioner for Research. From 1995-1999, she was a Policy Officer in the Secretariat General in the unit responsible for “Relations with the Council-Coreper I”. She joined the European Commission in 1992 as a Policy Officer in DG External Relations, dealing with “Relations with the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union”. Maria Cristina studied Political Sciences at the Luiss University of Rome and has a Master’s Degree in European Studies and a Research Master’s from the College of Bruges.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion and networking.

Time: 8.30am – 9.30am