Giovanna has over 10 year experience in EU enterprise policies and programmes and an academic background in international relations and diplomacy complemented by a post-graduate master in European studies. She has been working for the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) since 2008. where she currently contributes to the management of the COSME programme and of some Horizon 2020 actions targeting SMEs. In particular, Giovanna provides expertise and support to the Enterprise Europe Network, the official network of the European Commission to help SMEs internationalise and innovate in Europe and beyond. Her main dossier is access to finance and her sectoral areas of responsibility include aeronautics and space and agro-food. Before joining the EASME, Giovanna worked two years for Confcommercio, the Italian General Confederation of Enterprises, Professions and Self-Employment, which is the largest business association in Italy.