Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle
Deputy Head of Cabinet for EU Commissioner Wojciechowski

From July 2018 to June 2019, Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle was the candidate of the EU for the position of Director general of the FAO. Between 2013 and 2018, she was Director General for Economic and Environmental Performance of Enterprises at the French Ministry of Agriculture, the Food Processing Industry and Forestry. Between 2006 and 2013, she was the European Food Safety Authority’s Executive Director and was previously one of the two Vice-Chairs of EFSA's Management Board from 2002. From 2003 to 2006, she was Regional Director of Agriculture and Forestry for the Ile de France region. Prior to that, she was Director General of the Food Department within the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. She has held a number of international positions, notably as Chair of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on General Principles in 2001 and 2002, as well as Deputy Director of the French Department of International Trade from 1998 to 2000. She also worked at the European Commission from 1991 to 1993 as a National Expert at DG III (DG Industry and Internal Market) in the area of food safety. Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle is an agronomist with a Master of Science from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon and from the Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts.

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