Thea Emmerling - Minister Counselor, Head of the Health, Food Safety, and Consumer Affairs Section, EU Delegation to the United States
Thea Emmerling, Minister Counselor, joined the Delegation of the European Union in Washington, DC in September 2013, and heads the Health, Food Safety, and Consumer Affairs Section.
Since 2009 and prior to her posting in Washington, Thea Emmerling worked as Minister Counselor for health and food safety at the European Union Delegation to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva. From December 2008 to November 2009 she was on secondment to the World Health Organisation, Cluster on Partnerships and UN Reform.
Thea Emmerling has extensive experience working for the European Commission. She was Deputy Head of Unit, DG Health and Consumers (SANCO) in the Health Law and International Directorate. She was a Member of the Cabinet of Budget Commissioner Dr. Michaele Schreyer, and Spokesperson for Health and Consumers Commissioner David Byrne. She also worked in DG SANCO’s Health Risk Evaluation Unit, and was Desk Officer in the Commission’s Department for Regional Policy, managing EU structural funds.
Thea Emmerling holds a diploma in economics from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Prior to joining the European Commission, she worked for nine years as a political and economic journalist for the German Press Agency.