President, DIKTIO, fmr European Commissioner, fmr Cabinet Minister, Greece
Anna Diamantopoulou is the founder and President of DIKTIO – Network for Reforms in Greece and Europe, an Athens-based think tank. Ms. Diamantopoulou’s active presence in the Greek and European public spheres spans more than two decades.
A Civil Engineer by training with graduate studies in Regional Development, has served as a member of the Greek Parliament for 11 years and held ministerial appointments in the Greek Government in the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs (2009-2012), and of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping (March-May 2012). During her tenure as Education Minister the most instrumental legislation on educational reform in Greece was passed with a record parliamentary majority.
Ms. Diamantopoulou served as a European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities under the Prodi Commission (1999-2004). A staunch pro-European public figure, she is lecturing, giving interviews, authoring books and publishing opinion pieces and contributions to Greek and international media.
Her academic activities include the Fisher Family Fellowship (2012) of the Harvard Kennedy School, Distinguished Scholar at Singapore’s Lee Kuan School of Public Policy (2015); and Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy (2016-2018).
She has been awarded the title of Officer of the Legion d’ Honneur, in recognition by the President of the French Republic of her contribution in the social realm and especially in lifelong learning and combating youth unemployment and has been honored by the Confederation of Danish Industrialists for the creation of the White Paper and the program, on Corporate Social Responsibility.