JOANNA DRAKE

JOANNA DRAKE

Deputy Director-General - DG Environment

European Commission

(en) Joanna Drake has been the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General (DG) for the environment since March 2016. In this role, she is in charge of the coordination of Resource-efficiency policies and other legal instruments. She also chairs a cross-cutting Task Force spear-heading strategic positions for the DG on (inter-alia) the post-2020 Commission financial framework negotiations, Brexit co-ordination, the urban agenda and the future-proofing of the EU's environmental acquis. By training, Joanna is a doctor of laws from the University of Malta, where she also lectured full time in the Department of European and Comparative Law. She acquired a post-graduate degree in Advanced European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She held various legal and management posts in the private and public sector before joining the European Commission as head of the European Commission Representation in Malta in 2005. She also had a key role in the Malta-EU accession negotiations as member of the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee. Between 2010 and 2015 she was director for SME's and Entrepreneurship in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. During her tenure in DG GROW she also led the Commission's Task Force on The Collaborative Economy, New Business Models And SME's.

(fr) Joanna Drake est la directrice générale adjointe de l’environnement de la Commission européenne depuis mars 2016. Mme Drake est notamment en charge de la coordination des politiques sur l'efficacité énergétique et l'utilisation efficace des ressources. Elle est également à la tête de la task-force en charge de déterminer la position commune de la DG Environnement sur les post-2020 Commission financial framework negotiations, le Brexit, le développement urbain ainsi que la pérennité des acquis environnementaux de l’Union européenne. Mme Drake est docteur en droit de l’Université de Malte et a acquis un diplôme postuniversitaire en droit européen du Collège de l’Europe à Bruges, Belgique. Mme Drake a eu un rôle prépondérant dans l’accession de Malte dans l’Union européenne en faisant partie du comité directeur d'action Malte/Union européenne. Entre 2010 et 2015, Mme Drake fut la directrice pour les PME et l’entrepreneuriat au sein de la Direction générale du marché intérieur, industrie, entrepreneuriat et PME de la Commission Européenne (DG-GROW).