Dr. Catherine Day
was the first woman Secretary General of the European Commission (2005-2015) - the most senior EU civil servant - serving two terms, with Commission President Barosso and subsequently Commission President Juncker. During her term of office, she developed the role of the Secretariat General in cross Commission policy co-ordination, its better regulation and impact assessment/policy evaluation approach, and was a key negotiator of the 2014-2020 multi annual financial framework for the EU budget. Previously, Dr. Day held a series of senior leadership roles in the Commission, being one of the architects of the pre-accession process for candidate Member States and, as Director General for Environment, being deeply involved in developing the Commission's climate and renewable energy strategies. Dr. Day holds an MA in International Trade and Economic Integration and a BA in Economics and Politics from University College Dublin, as well as Honorary Doctorates from three Irish universities. She has been awarded the President of Ireland Distinguished Service Award and the Garrett Fitzgerald Gold Medal for International Relations and was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2016. More recently, Dr. Day chaired the Advisory Group on the Provision of Support including Accommodation to Persons in the International Protection Process (2019 to 2020), the Report of which was published by the Government in September 2020.