Una joined Fipra as a Special Adviser for EU Procedures in November 2014.Una is also a Senior Fellow of the European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA), on whose behalf Una regularly delivers training courses on EU decision-making to officials of the EU and its Member States. Additionally Una is Vice-President of the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin. Una spent 23 years in the Secretariat-General of the European Commission, responsible for relations with the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers in general, and in the decision-making procedures in particular. Prior to this, Una was a diplomat in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs for 16 years from Irelands accession to the EEC onwards, serving in the directorates for Press Relations, EU Political Cooperation and Multilateral Development Cooperation, as well as postings to London (Press) and Brussels (Permanent Representation). Graduating originally as a physicist, Una first worked in the area of medical physics and then in textile engineering.Una has an honours degree in Physics from University College Dublin and a PhD from the University of Leeds. Una is married to former Belgian Senator, Hans De Belder, has one son and speaks English, French, German Dutch, Italian as well as her native Gaeilge.