Ms. Caroline Cassagne
Caroline has an undergraduate degree in Public Law and a Master’s degree in European Law. She supports project managers in GDSI with the technical and administrative management of development projects. She has previously volunteered in the European School Completion Programme providing academic support to second level students in Ireland. She also worked for Groupe Coopératif Maïsadour in France where she analysed European budget feasibility, competition opportunities and agricultural development funding. Caroline’s specialist areas are in the European single market, European fundamental rights and international public and private law. She speaks French, English and Spanish.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to dine out in restaurants and cafés!
What is your favourite country you have visited?
Spain. I have not travelled that much but my best memories are in this country because I enjoyed the way of life of the Spanish: the places, the food, and the sun.
Who inspires you the most?
Simone Veil, she was one of the most powerful French women and fought for our rights in a period when women did not have much. She was in politics at a time when it was mostly managed by men. She never gave up despite a difficult start in her life; she lost her family in their camps during WWII.
How do you deal with stressful situations?
Badly because I do not like to be under pressure and this makes me feel nervous. Usually I need to walk or to stop doing the task for 5 minutes to relax. I am less efficient working under pressure.
If you could witness one moment in history what would it be?
The French rebellion. I wonder how, at the time, people could be brave enough to cut off the King’s Head and change a social system that was based on privileges. They completely transformed the political landscape and I do not think people would have the courage to do this now, or at least to make it work. It was a real solidarity from the “bottom” and it is a pity that now people have become so focused on the individual.