Catherine Magnant, a French citizen, graduated in international relations and Slavic languages. She started her career in Moscow, where she headed the Press and information section of the local European Commission Delegation. Back in Brussels, she worked on EU enlargement issues, and on the promotion of human rights in EU's external relations. She also coordinated the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for all. Passionate about the transformative power of culture, she moved to cultural affairs in 2011. Catherine is now Deputy to the Director and Head of the Unit in charge of Cultural Policy in the Directorate General for Education and Culture.