Dr. Katarína Mathernová is deputy director general of the Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations. She previously served as deputy director general in DG Regional Policy, where she was in charge of cohesion policy coordination between 2007–2010. Dr. Mathernová has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, at the World Bank (2002-2004 and 2010-2014), and in the reform government of Slovakia (1998-2002), where she was chief institutional and policy advisor to the deputy prime minister for economic affairs. Dr. Mathernová holds a J.D. from Comenius University in Bratislava and an LL.M. from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the New York Bar and speaks six languages. She started her career in private law practice with distinguished law firms in New York and Washington DC. She was named Slovak Woman of the Year in 2000 and received the Pro Bono Human Rights Award from the International Human Rights Law Group in 1993. She is a member of several boards and the author of publications on Slovak and Czech economic and legal affairs.