Director for International Cooperation, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Maria Cristina Russo is Director for International Cooperation in DG Research and Innovation with responsibilities for developing and implementing the EU international strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation and the international dimension of the Horizon programme. She has been working for the European Commission since 1992 where she held several policy and managerial positions related to external relations, the EU decision-making process and various EU policies, in particular research & innovation. She was part of the team dealing with technical assistance to former Soviet Union, then member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner in charge of research policy when the European Research Area was launched. She was later on appointed Head of Unit in the Secretariat-General of the European Commission on different positions dealing with inter-institutional relations and policy making, and in the department in charge of consumers' policies and financial services before being appointed in 2013 in her current position.
Maria Cristina holds a degree on Political Sciences from the Luiss University of Rome and a Research Master Degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. She has three children.