Walpurga Speckbacher, Head of Private Office, Austrian, aged 50.
Since 1996 she has been Head of Division at the General Secretariat of the Council, responsible for organising Council and European Council meetings.
An economist by training, she also holds a postgraduate diploma from the Vienna Diplomatic Academy. She worked at the University of Innsbruck as assistant professor of economics.
She subsequently worked at a telecommunications research centre in Germany. She was Assistant Director for strategic planning at the German Post Office (Deutsche Post AG) and worked as auxiliary staff member and seconded national expert at the Commission (internal market).