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
Maria Michela 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 overall GBEP project implementation as well as for the development of its programme of work.
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. Michela speaks Italian, English, French and some Spanish.
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 activities related to the technical Task Forces and Working Group.
Communication and Events Adviser
Ms Pesci is responsible for Communication and Events Management of the GBEP since 2008.
She completed a degree in Political Science at La Sapienza University and a Masters course in Development Economics at the Tor Vergata University.
Irena has worked at FAO for 9 years, fulfilling a range of roles within TCE division. These included positions as assistant to the Executive Officer (TCES), as operations assistant for a variety of country desks including Iraq, DPRK and West Bank Gaza Strip, and in support of the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme (GREP). Most recently, she has been performing the role of assistant to the Chief, TCER.