Maive Rute joined the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service as Deputy Director-General in 2016. Her current portfolio covers energy, climate change and transport, nuclear safety and security and infrastructure issues. Prior to that, she served as Director for Biotechnology and Director for Resources in DG Research and Innovation as well as Director for Small Business and Entrepreneurship in DG GROW.
Before joining the Commission in 2005, Maive was CEO of KredEx, the Estonian funding body for businesses, innovation, housing and export. A graduate in economics from the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Maive holds an MBA from the Danube University, Austria, an MA in international politics from CERIS, Brussels and has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University.