Astrid Schomaker

Astrid Schomaker is Director for Strategy at the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment. As such she, is in charge of overall coordination and communication, resource efficiency and economic analysis, and supervises the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme as well as the DG's policies to improve the knowledge and evidence base for EU Environment Policies. She studied English, history and law in Hamburg and Norwich and has an LLM in international legal cooperation from Brussels Free University. After a brief stint in academia, working at the law schools of the Universities of Hamburg and Ann Arbor (Michigan), she joined the European Commission in 1992, working on EU - US relations first at headquarters and then in the Commission's Washington Delegation. Returning to Brussels in 1999 she was in charge of regulatory cooperation with Japan, before in 2001 becoming head of unit for Relations with the Andean Community in the Directorate General for External Relations. In 2004 she moved to the Environment Directorate General to head the unit for International Relations, Governance and Development. Between 2007 to early 2015 she held different positions in the Environment Department, leading the work on chemicals, oceans and water industry, and global sustainability trade & multilateral agreements as well as coordinating the DG's overarching policy strategy, the 7th Environmental Action Programme, before taking up her present position at in February 2015.