Mr Lucas Janssen obtained his Master's degree in International Economics at the University of Maastricht in 1990 after which he obtained a post graduate degree in public administration at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in 1991. In the same year he joined the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (Now Ministry of Economic Affairs) where he started his career in the directorate of Fisheries as policy officer Sea fisheries in 1991. During his career at the Ministry he held several position a.o. in the Directorate of International Affairs, the Ministers' Office and the Directorate of Knowledge. He was also twice seconded, once at the Headquarters of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations in Rome, where he worked as an environment coordinating officer on issues relating to the follow-up of the Rio Convention (1996 – 1999) and also within the European Commission DG RTD as a national expert (2006-2009) on issues relating to agricultural research. After three years working as a national expert, he joined the Commission as a European Civil Servant in 2009, where he is working as a policy officer in the Unit Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation.