Nadège Defrère is Team Leader for Non-Discrimination in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission. She is responsible, among others, of the implementation of the EU LGBTIQ Equality Strategy. She joined the European Commission in 2008 to work on communication and press relations in the fields of employment and social affairs. She then was the Head of the Political Sector of the EC Representation in Belgium. Before joining the European Commission, she worked as a research assistant on European social issues. Ms Defrère graduated in European politics at the College of Europe and completed a master degree in journalism (IHECS).