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Ms Sabine Henzler

Director for Strategy, Work Programme and Resources, Joint Research Centre, European Commission


Ms Henzler is the Director for Strategy, Work Programme and Resources the European Commission Joint… (more)

Ms Henzler is the Director for Strategy, Work Programme and Resources the European Commission Joint Research Centre. She oversees the units in charge of Resources planning including Human Resources, Scientific Work Programme, International Relations and Outreach, Legal Affairs, exploratory Scientific Development, Quality Management and Euratom Coordination.


Until August 2021, Ms Sabine Henzler was Director for International and General Affairs at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD). In this role, she steered the EU’s bilateral customs relations with countries across the globe as well as the privileged partnerships with the EU’s neighbouring countries. Ms Henzler represented the EU in the main governance bodies of the World Customs Organization. She played a central role for strategic planning/reporting; oversaw the management of the staff of the Directorate General and the over 2bn € budget for the EU’s tax and customs policies as well as the development of the EU’s trans-european IT systems which interconnect 27 Member States.


Ms Henzler has more than 30 years of experience in dealing with customs, international trade and IT matters and participated in key negotiations. She started her career in the private sector as an export specialist and then joined the public sector where she worked in a variety of areas starting with Banking, Financial Services and International Accounting standards. In 2000 she moved to customs to oversee the team responsible for the system of tariff rulings at EU level as well as for tariff classification. She subsequently became Head of Office of the Director General for taxation and customs union where she accompanied major political and legal initiatives in customs and tax policy. She held middle management positions in policy coordination, strategy and process optimization both in TAXUD and in the Commission’s IT service.


Africa’s great potential for growth and development risks to be undermined by long-standing… (more)

Africa’s great potential for growth and development risks to be undermined by long-standing development challenges in many sectors, including education, energy, agriculture, and healthcare. While Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are recognized as catalyzers for sustainable development, harnessing their potential implies having sound and well-established STI systems. STI for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) roadmaps are found to be valuable instruments to mobilize national STI potentials to address specific sustainability challenges.

In 2022, the Joint Research Centre and the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) of the European Commission launched a new project for Sub-Saharan Africa which aims at developing STI for SDGs roadmaps, as operational STI action plans and strategies to address localized sustainability challenges. The applied methodology identifies place-specific STI potentials and societal, environmental and economic challenges to be tackled through effective roadmaps for future investments.

Starting from preliminary findings described in the upcoming JRC report mapping STI systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, the session will aim at discussing the needs, challenges and way forward for the development and implementation of localized STI for SDGs roadmaps.

As expected result, the session will provide a deeper understanding of the STI systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as on available approaches and recent developments for the design of roadmaps. The session is expected to raise awareness on the relevance of STI for SDGs roadmaps as a key tool to leverage place-based STI potential for more sustainable, inclusive and just societies.

The session will benefit from the participation of country representatives, as well as STI experts and scientists who will share their experiences and perspectives for the development of STI for SDGs roadmaps.