Valérie Schmitt is the Deputy Director, Social Protection Department, ILO Geneva. She is also leading ILO’s Flagship programme on building social protection floors for all. Born in 1972, Ms. Schmitt holds a Master of Advanced Studies (first year of doctoral studies programme) in quantitative economics from Paris Sciences Economiques (Laboratoire du Delta) and a Master of Business Administration with honours from HEC (Europe's highest ranked MBA programme by the Financial Times). She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Paris IV – La Sorbonne. Ms. Schmitt joined the ILO in 2003. She has 20 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of social protection, combining both headquarters and field experience in various types of organizations: the ILO in Africa and Asia, the corporate sector in France, and a NGO in Africa.