Dr Anna Sobczak is a Policy expert at DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission responsible for policy making for clusters, industrial value chains & emerging industries linked to smart specialisation, innovation and industrial modernisation. Specifically, her responsibilities involve the policy development and follow-up of Horizon 2020 cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains (Innosup-1) with a total budget of EUR 130 million (2015-2020) and monitoring the activities developed by the European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change #EOCIC under a COSME service contract implemented by a large international Consortium.
Dr Sobczak has sustained experience with EU policy across several horizontal policies with a cross-sectoral and cross-regional approach; specifically related to industrial policy, research and innovation, skills development, regional and urban policy as well as trade and external relations. As an EU Social Media Ambassador she is actively involved in EU Dissemination & Awareness Raising Campaign. In addition, she is a regular speaker, a moderator and a commentator on various events dedicated to cluster policy, emerging industries, new value chains, broadening innovation, industrial modernisation, smart specialisation and skills development.
Besides European and national public administration, she has practical experience in business consultancy (Economist Advisory Group Ltd in London (UK) and Polish Market Review in Krakow (PL)) and academic research (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (IT) and AFM Krakow University (PL)). Dr Sobczak has made her studies in International Economic and Political Relations with Master in Economics from the Krakow University of Economics (PL), Erasmus MA in Urban & Regional Change in Europe (the University of Durham, UK) and a Doctorate Degree in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (Florence, IT). She is fluent in 6 languages (Polish, English, Italian, French, Serbian and Russian) with intermediate levels of German and Spanish.