A Greek native, Kleopatra Sidiropoulou, has been working in the fields of agriculture, bio-economy and communications for the past 12 years. Following her MSc studies in the London School of Economics (LSE), she started her career at the Managing Authority of Central Macedonia in Greece where she worked on the application of Rural Development programs. She later on moved to Brussels to work for the European Commission and more specifically for the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI). During her time in the European Commission, she worked mostly on policy analysis and became heavily involved in communication initiatives covering the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the monitoring of the positions of other European Institutions, as well as of Member States.
In 2012, she went on to work at the European Parliament as a policy advisor for a British MEP and the British delegation of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). Her primary focus was to negotiate the reform of the CAP, while covering in parallel a wider spectrum of policy areas, such as health and consumers’ affairs, environment and trade. In December 2014, she was nominated Secretary General of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) the only pan- European organization representing young farmers across Europe. She was in charge of representing the organization to high-level fora as well as running the offices of the organization in Brussels.
As of September 2016, she is working at the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) where she is dealing with the Public Affairs and Communication portfolios.
She holds a MSc degree on European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a BSc in Political Science with Honours.