Head of Office
EU Liaison Office Erbil, Delegation Iraq
Clarisse currently is the Head of the EU Liaison Office in Erbil, representing the European Union in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She previously served as Policy Advisor for the Middle East, North Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq in the EU’s External Action Service covering regional affairs. Clarisse has worked in the Middle East since 2007, including tenures in Syria (2007-8), Iraq (2008-12), Saudi Arabia (2012-14) and Yemen (20014-15). Before moving to the Middle East Clarisse was part of successive EU crisis management missions in the Balkans (N Macedonia, Kosovo and BiH) from 2001-2007. She holds degrees in International Economics (BA ’91) and International Relations (MA ’93) from the US, an MPhil (’94) in Political Sciences from Austria, with Postgraduate Studies in NPO Management and Strategic Planning in Switzerland (2000/01) and Arabic and Islamic Studies in Syria (2007/8).