Marc Franco was Adviser for EBRD in Egypt (2012) and previously Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt (2009-2012) and Head of the European Commission’s Delegation to Russia (2004-2009). In his career at the European Commission, he held various positions including Deputy Director-General of the DG EuropeAid (2001-2004) and Director for the Cohesion Fund and Structural Pre-Accession Instrument in the DG for Regional Development (1998-2010). In the period 1990-1998 he was Head of Unit in the Department dealing with Enlargement. Before, he worked as a development economist, mainly concentrating on Africa and rural development. He started his career in the University of Leuven (1969-1971), continued as Associate Expert of the UN in Upper Volta and Senegal (1971-1975), as PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge (1975-1978) and as official of the European Commission (1978-1989).