Directorate for International Cooperation, Directorate General Science, Research and Development, European Commission, Belgium
After graduating from the University of Padua (Italy) in Slavonic and Germanic Studies, Sigi Gruber worked for the German-Italian Culture Institute in Padua and the German Cultural Institute in Milan.
In 1991 she was appointed as an expert to work for the European Commission to launch the LINGUA Programme, the European Communities' first foreign language learning programme. Afterwards she worked in the Directorate General for Education and Training where she was - inter alia - responsible for the actions dealing with foreign language learning for vocational training and for policy development of the vocational training programme, the Leonardo da Vinci Programme.
She was then General Secretary of the European Association for the Education of Adults before rejoining the European Commission in 2001, on this occasion Directorate General for Research. She was Head of Sector for Researchers Careers' and her responsibilities also included policy initiatives related to the modernising agenda of European universities and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Since 2007 she heads the Unit responsible for Relations with third countries. The Unit promotes the coherence and synergy between Member States and with the EU regarding international cooperation policies and activities with third countries and regions. It gathers information and develops analyses of international research and innovation policies in major third countries and manages the network of Science and Innovation Counsellors in the EU Delegations. It ensures the follow-up of cooperation with multilateral for a such as G8 and Carnegie.