Androulla Vassiliou studied law and international relations in London. She practised law for 25 years. She was elected for two consecutive terms in the Cyprus House of Representatives (1996-2006). She was appointed European Commissioner for Health (2008-2010). From 2010 to 2014 she served as European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. Androulla Vassiliou now serves on different Boards including the High Council of the European University Institute of Florence and she chairs the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Oncology Centre. She is also member of the Atlantis Group for Education. She is married to Dr George Vassiliou, an economist and former President of the Republic of Cyprus and she has three children.