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 is Programme Adviser supporting the development of the Horizon 2020 BIOPLAT-EU project, as well as supporting the selection of available extra-budgetary funding opportunities. He joined FAO/GBEP for the first time in 2014 as a volunteer on GBEP sustainability indicators and bioenergy related matters. Between 2016 and 2018 he worked in FAO as consultant in the context of the Horizon 2020 FORBIO Project, contributing to the FORBIO sustainability indicators development and implementation in Italy, Germany and Ukraine.
Lorenzo has several years of experience in international cooperation. He worked with La Tuscia University (Italy) and the Tribhuvan University (Nepal), as well as with the Italian Development Cooperation (DGCS) of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI) in the context of a technical cooperation project from 2012 to 2016 between Italy and Nepal.
He holds a B.A in agricultural sciences and technologies and a MSc in agricultural and environmental sciences. During his academic career, Lorenzo was awarded with research scholarship on agriculture, food security and climate change at La Tuscia University. In 2018, Lorenzo started his PhD in Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at the Department of Economics, Engineering, Society and Business Organization of La Tuscia University.
Giulia joined the GBEP Secretariat team in 2019. She will provide support to the team assisting in the preparation of meetings, workshops and seminars, as well as with all day-to-day administrative tasks. Prior to joining GBEP Giulia worked in the FAO Visa Unit (CSGP).
She holds a Master Degree in Translation and Interpreting from the “Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma”.