After graduating from the College of Europe in Bruges, Catherine Ray worked as a press officer for a political delegation at the European Parliament. She then joined the European Commission as Press officer for the COmmissioner for Trade, Pascal Lamy. After 2 years as senior consultant in Publicis Consultants (Paris), she worked as advisor to the UNDP Administrator, Kemal Dervis (New-York). She came back at the European Commission as Spokesperson first for Research and Development, then Development Cooperation (2010-2014) and for the European External Action Servie (2014-2018). She also worked in the cabinets of the Commissioner for Development and of the EU High Representative and Vice President. She joined DG INTPA in 2018 as Head of Unit.