Nienke Buisman


Nienke Buisman is Head of Unit International Cooperation Policy in the European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation since 2019. She is in charge of developing and implementing the ‘Global Approach to Research and Innovation’, Europe’s strategy for international cooperation, specifically focussing on Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Previous jobs held in DG Research & Innovation: Deputy Head of Unit in charge of establishing public-private partnerships in research and innovation and preparing the delegation of program implementation to Executive Agencies and other Funding Bodies; Policy Advisor to the Deputy Director-General in charge of the climate change and sustainable energy research portfolios as well as financial and human resources management; Senior policy-officer in the international cooperation department, in charge of collaboration between the EU and South Africa and the African Union; and leading a team on knowledge management in the Resources Directorate. Nienke started her career in the European Commission in 2002, in DG Transport and Energy as the assistant to the Resources Director. Before joining the European Commission, Nienke has been with UNICEF and the Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce in Brussels. Nienke holds a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She also holds a double French-British MA in European Public Policy.