Susanne Hollmann,born in Germany, studied in Gie├čen, as well as in Montpellier, and spent most of her working life in Brussels. She holds an academic degree in economics and Roman languages. She started her professional career in 1994 with the International Organization for Migration, before working for the European Social Insurance Partners.

In 2001, she joined the European Commission. During the first years, she coordinated international trade relations; in 2004 she joined the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, where she could combine her professional with her personal interests. Today, as the Deputy Head of the Cultural Policy Unit, she leads the work on Music Moves Europe.