Making Finance Work for Women Thought Leadership Series

Cécile Billaux

Cécile Billaux has been working for the European Commission for more than 15 years holding various positions in relation to health, climate, development and trade. She just joined DG DEVCO/INTPA as Head of the Private Sector, Trade and investment Unit. Before that, she worked for the cabinet of Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan and was previously Head of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Unit in DG TRADE, European Commission. She also worked as Deputy Head of Unit in charge of Agriculture and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues in DG TRADE where she contributed to remove barriers to trade for exports of agriculture products to third countries.

In addition, she worked in the cabinet of the current EU Trade Commissioner Cécilia Malmström in the first half of her mandate, from 2014 to 2017, where she notably covered trade relationships with ACP countries, sustainable development and relations with the European Parliament. She also worked in DG Health and Consumer Protection (SANTE) during the first 4 years of her career in the European Commission. Prior to working for the Commission, she worked in the private sector as a consultant in public affairs for major international companies. She is French and studied political sciences. She also holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of government.