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Biography

  • From 2019:

    Head of the European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI).

    Hilde has spent over twenty years working for the European Commission, covering external relations and economic and competitiveness issues. 

  • From 2014 to early 2017:

    She served as Deputy Head of Cabinet to Vice-President Katainen in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. 

  • Between 2011 and 2014:

    She was in charge of briefing the President of the Commission for meetings with EU Heads of State or Government.

  • Previsouly:

    She headed the Commission's Units for Relations with Russia and with Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. Becoming Head of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments in May 2017, she returned to the field of external relations, leading a service with over 200 staff, including 90 colleagues in EU Delegations around the world. Her focus in the service is on putting the EU's Foreign Policy Instruments to the best possible use in achieving the EU's foreign policy objectives and projecting EU interests abroad.

    Hilde holds a PhD in Slavic Philology and History of the University of Leuven after studies at Leuven, Stanford University, Paris, Moscow and Amsterdam. 

    She was visiting professor at the College of Europe, and taught History of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe at Vesalius College, Brussels. 
    She published on Russian history and minority right issues.