Rodi Kratsa was born and brought up on the island of Zakynthos, Greece. She studied Sociology (specialising in political sociology) at the University of Geneva followed by postgraduate studies at the Institute of European Studies of the same University.
She was elected member of the European Parliament in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009.  She is Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, Member of the Committee on Regional Development, Member of the Delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, Member of the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries, Member of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, Member of the Delegation for relations with Mercosur countries, Member of the Working Group for the Middle East. 
Activity in civil society: 
International level: Active in the international and regional meetings of UNESCO issues concerning education, the promotion of women and cultural heritage. Active in the framework of the International Organisation of Francophone Countries.
European level: Founding member of the Women of Europe Award (1987), President of the International Association for the Promotion of Women of Europe - Women of Europe Award (2000), Member of the Board of the European Cultural Centre (Geneva), Member of the Cultural Council of the Union for the Mediterranean (2009).
National level: Elected member of the Municipal Council of Athens (1998), Founding member and President of the European Centre of Communication and Information (Athens, 1989), Founding member of the Greek section of the European Movement, Member of the Board and the Scientific Committee of the Child and Family Foundation (Athens).
Honorary Distinctions: Officer (2009) & Knight (2004) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France), National Medal of Cedar-rank of Commander (Lebanon, 2010), Doctor Honoris Causa of Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah of Fes (Morocco, 2012), Doctor Honoris Causa of EMUNI (Lisbon, 2011) and others received from organizations and actors at European and international level.