Hector McGillivray is a retired European Commission official living in Brussels. His professional experience relates to communications in the area of European affairs.
During his 35 years at the European Commission, he has worked in translation, editing and speechwriting. In particular, he was President Romano Prodi’s English speechwriter from 2002 to 2004. Before that, he spent six months in the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Rome in 1990 in the run-up to the Intergovernmental Conference that led to the Maastricht Treaty, four months in 1993 in the former Yugoslavia (Krajina and Bihac Pocket) as an ECMM monitor, six months editing legislation in the Commission Legal Service, and two years at the Commission Representation in London.
He completed his career at the Commission in the Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG, editing texts and drafting speeches, mainly for the Commissioners and Directors-General in charge.
Hector studied languages at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he took his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He subsequently went to Paris to research his PhD thesis on André Malraux. He has worked as lecturer in the Universities of Paris XII and Poitiers and the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples.