Renate Nikolay is head of the cabinet of Vera Jourova, the European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality. Before that, she led the Unit of interinstitutional and international relations in DG Justice between 2011 and 2014. She has also been an advisor in the cabinet of the first High Representative and Vice President Catherine Ashton where she led on the relations with the European Parliament in setting up the European External Action Service (EEAS) and on relations with Asia, in particular China. Before that, she was a member of the cabinet of Trade Commissioners Peter Mandelson and Catherine Ashton from 2004 to 2009. She started her career in the European Commission in the department for trade-in November 2003 dealing with the accession negotiations of Vietnam to the World Trade Organisation and with the trade policy committee with the member states. She has also been a diplomat in the German Permanent Representation in Brussels and worked as private secretary to the German G8 sherpa in the German Ministry of Economics. Nikolay holds an M.A. as a Fulbright Scholar in Washington DC and a B.A. in law from the Free University in Berlin.
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