Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG NEAR
Katarína MATHERNOVÁ is the Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). From 2007 till 2010, she served as Deputy Director General in DG Regional Policy where she oversaw Cohesion Policy Coordination. She has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, the World Bank (2002-2004 and 2010-2014), and the Government of Slovakia (1998-2002) where she was the Chief Institutional and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs. Throughout her career, Ms. Mathernová was named the Slovak Woman of the Year in 2000 and received the Pro Bono Human Rights award in 1993 from the International Human Rights Law Group. She started her career at private international law firms in New York and Washington D.C. She is a member of several Boards and the author of publications on Slovak and Czech economic and legal affairs. Ms. Mathernová received a J.D. from Comenius University in Bratislava in 1989 and an LL.M. from the University of Michigan in 1987. She is a member of the New York Bar, and speaks English, Russian, French, Polish, Czech, and Serbian/Croatian.