Gertrud Ingestad was born in Sweden in 1958. She did her studies in languages and history and worked as a language teacher in Stockholm before joining the European Commission in 1995.
Her main domain in the Commission has been resources, with a specialisation on people- and organisation-related issues, in DGT and DG CONNECT, where she also started working with IT from a digitalisation perspective. From January 2014 she worked in DG DIGIT, first as Director for Digital Business Solutions and from 2016 as Director-General. Since March 2020 she is Director-General for Human Resources and Security, where she continues to drive her passion for a modernised and people centric organisation.
Her main driving force is constant improvement through co-creation and bold action.