Mary Kavanagh

Minister-Counselor, Research & Innovation

Delegation of the European Union to the USA

Mary Kavanagh is the Minister-Counselor for Research and Innovation at the European Union's Delegation to the United States of America in Washington DC. Her role involves raising awareness of opportunities for EU-US cooperation and exchange in research and innovation and facilitating that cooperation at both government agency and stakeholder levels. She also endeavors to keep her Headquarters abreast of research and innovation policy developments in the USA.

Prior to her current posting in the U.S., she worked in the International Cooperation Directorate of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. She was the Deputy Head and Senior Expert in the Unit which deals with cooperation with North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mary has a PhD in Plant Science from University College Cork, Ireland and carried out post-doctoral research in France and Switzerland before swapping the laboratory for science policy.