Dr. Isabel De La Mata
Principal Adviser for Health in the European Commission
Isabel de la Mata has been Principal Adviser for health in the European Commission since March 2008. Recently, her functions were upgraded to Principal Adviser for Health and Crisis management.
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 Adviser 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 a member of the Standing Committee of the Regional Committee, Pan American Health Organisation, Inter-American Development Bank and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation.
Dr de la Mata graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Basque Country in 1983 and holds post-graduate degrees from the University of Leuven and Paris VI in Public Health, Hospital Administration and Statistics. She is a specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.