Kristin Schreiber was born in Berlin. After Studies of International Relations, Economics and European Law at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris ("avec mention lauréat"), the University of Kent at Canterbury and the College of Europe in Bruges, she worked as a Graduate Lecturer in Kent and a researcher on the Single Market in Bonn, before joining the European Commission in 1990 where she held a variety of positions. She was appointed Director in charge of COSME Programme and SME policy on 1 June 2015 after having served as Director for Governance of the Single Market and International Affairs, first in DG MARKT and then in DG GROW since February 2014. Previously, she was Head of Cabinet of Employment Commissioner Vladimir Špidla, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier and member of the Cabinets of Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen, in charge i.a. of the accession negotiations with Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Malta and Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert. She also served as Head of Unit for International Affairs in DG Employment and administrator in different DG's. Kristin speaks German, French, English and Spanish, some Italian and has notions of Czech and Slovak.