Renée HAFERKAMP is a graduate from Brussels and Geneva University (Philosophie et Lettres). She is a former director general of the European Commission, and has participated in all the important milestones of the European Union, from the period of Paul-Henri Spaak and Jean Monnet to Jacques Delors and José Manuel Durao Barroso.
As an advisor to the European Commission, she organized panel discussions with professors and students on the developments of the European Union at Harvard, NYU, BU, Tufts, Princeton and others. Several important figures are among the speakers including Bill Clinton, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, José Manuel Durao Barroso, Pascal Lamy, Mario Monti, Javier Solana, Jean-Claude Trichet, Catherine Ashton, Olli Rehn, Peter Sutherland and Herman Van Rompuy. At present, as senior advisor to the European Parliament, she works with Yale students to prepare their European Conference.1