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Didier Herbert is Director in the European Commission (1986-2022). He spent most part of his career in EU or international policymaking, either in the political conception, in the negotiation phase or in its implementation.

From 2019 to September 2022, he served as Head of the Representation of the Commission in The Netherlands with Ambassador’s ranking. Before that, he   worked in the Commission’s policy coordinating body, the Secretary General, as Acting Chair (Director General) of its Regulatory Scrutiny Board.

Didier Herbert oversaw the Directorate for Internal Market, Enterprise and Competitiveness policy from 2011 to 2016 (DG Grow).

Prior to these positions, he served in the Cabinet of the European Commission’s Vice-President Martin Bangemann and led the departments handling the EU Single market, Industrial competitiveness policy and the sustainability transition. As an assistant to the Director-General of External Relations and later, he focussed on the EU’s Trade policy.

Didier Herbert studied in Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Married with four children, he is a reserve officer in the Belgian Army.

His academic background includes an Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School and at INSEAD (Fontainebleau); a Master of European Studies at the Europa-Institut Saarbrücken (1984-1985); an international policy Degree at the City of London Polytechnics (1983) and a Law/Economics Degree at the University of Leuven/ Namur.

Didier Herbert teaches European policy at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, European University Institute in Florence, Opole University, and the College of Europe in Bruges.

He holds a University Degree from the Institut de la Vigne et du Vin in Dijon and trained as an official guide in the City of Bruges.

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