The GBEP Secretariat, hosted at FAO Headquarters in Rome, is the principal coordinator of the Partnership's communications and activities. The Secretariat is mainly supported by Italy and receives additional support, past and present, from Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, and UN FAO.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
GBEP Secretariat Team
Maria Michela Morese
Ms. Morese is the Manager of the GBEP Secretariat which is based at FAO Headquarters in Rome. She worked on the establishment of the Partnership since 2005. She is responsible for the development of the GBEP programme of work and its related field projects.
Previously she worked for six years for the Government of Italy as negotiator in various international environmental processes.
Michela holds a degree in Political Science-International Relations and a post graduate certificate in International Protection of Fundamental Human Rights from La Sapienza University in Rome, as well as a Master in Environmental Governance and a PhD in Forest Ecology from La Tuscia University in Viterbo.
Mr. Colangeli joined the GBEP Secretariat in 2012. He is Programme Adviser assisting the GBEP Secretariat in the overall project implementation, with particular focus on FORBIO project.
Ms Pirelli joined the GBEP Secretariat in 2016. She is Programme Adviser assisting the GBEP Secretariat in the overall project implementation, with particular focus on capacity development activities and for the implementation of the GBEP sustainability Indicators for bioenergy at country level. She holds a MSc and a PhD in Agricultural Science and Technology and she has 10 years of experience in Climate Smart Agriculture with a focus on conservation agriculture and sustainable and integrated food and energy systems. Prior to joining GBEP, she worked at the University of Udine (Italy) as Project Manager within an ACP-EU cooperation project for S&T, at the Volcani Center A.R.O. (Israel) and at the government of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Her fieldwork has taken her to Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Ghana, Togo, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Paraguay, Viet Nam and The Philippines. She speaks Italian, English and French.
Ms Miller joined the GBEP Secretariat in 2016 and is responsible for supporting the development of the GBEP programme of work.
Lorenzo Traverso joined FAO as a Consultant in 2016. Currently, he is working on the implementation of projects focusing on feedstock production, bioenergy value chains sustainability and GHG mitigation. Before joining FAO he was awarded with a Fellowship in Italy and Nepal on agriculture and food security. Lorenzo holds a B.A and a MSc in agricultural and environmental sciences and technologies and is a PhD student in Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods.
Carlotta joined FAO in 2015. She worked in Conference and Meeting Services for all three Rome-Based Agencies. Prior to OCB, she worked with COAG Secretariat and the FAO Investment Centre. She is Italian, she holds a Master degree in Linguistics and International Affairs Communication and a bachelor degree in Foreign Languages and International Affairs, both from RomaTre University.