Monique Fouilhoux was born and educated in France. She holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Law from the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France. She started her career as a Civil Servant in the ministry of Internal Affairs and joined the University of Clermont Ferrand in 1973 at the creation of the Department of Further and Adult Education. Involved in the trade union movement, she was elected Deputy General Secretary of SNPTES and in 1987 became elected National Secretary of the French Education Union (FEN), know today as UNSA-Education. Monique Fouilhoux has been involved with Education International (EI) since its creation in 1993. She works on various areas, in particular Higher education and research issues and the impact of GATS and Trade agreements on education, with EI affiliates, intergovernmental agencies and non-governmental organisations. She is particularly engaged with the most pressing issues concerning academics and researchers, such as working conditions, careers, academic freedom, mobility. Monique is also Secretary of the EI European Higher Education and Research Standing Committee (HERSC) and moderator of the ETUCE Higher Education and Resarch on-line Network.