Ann Branch

European Commission

Ann Branch has been working for the European Union institutions since 1999. Since 2008 she has held several managerial positions in the European Commission.

She currently heads up the unit in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion which is responsible for the implementation of the EU's Social Business Initiative, including developing policy and financial instruments to support social enterprises, and entrepreneurship opportunities for under-represented and vulnerable groups, including EU micro-finance instruments. Previously she worked on EU policies and funding programmes relating to employment, education & training, social dialogue, industrial relations, the cultural and creative sectors.