Isabel de la Mata
Isabel de la Mata is the Principal Advisor with special interest on health in the European Commission since March 2008. Before this, she worked as Counsellor for Health and Consumer at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU, as Deputy Director General for Health Planning at the Spanish Ministry of Health, as Advisor to the Vice-minister of Health and several other posts at the Ministry of Health of Spain and the Regional Departments in the Basque Country and in Madrid. She has worked with WHO, including as member of the Standing Commission of the Regional Committee, Pan American Health Organisation, Inter-American Development Bank and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation. She graduated in medicine and surgery at the University of Basque Country in 1983 and holds post-graduate degrees from the Universities of Leuven and Paris. She is specialist in preventive medicine and public health.