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)
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division
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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. Rossi joined the GBEP Secretariat in May 2014. As Programme Officer he is responsible for the technical supervision of capacity development activities and for the implementation of the GBEP sustainability indicators for bioenergy at country level, with a focus on Paraguay and Viet Nam.
Previously, Andrea served for five years as Technical and Policy Officer of FAO’s Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) projects. He led the development of a number of tools to inform and support decision-making related to sustainable agricultural and bioenergy development at both national and investment levels.
Prior to joining FAO, he worked on environmental, energy and climate policies and strategies for both public and private organizations in the US, Italy and Serbia.
Andrea holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Economics from the University of Siena, with one year of course work at the University of Oxford, and an M.Sc. in Environmental and Sustainability Policy from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University.
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.
Prior to joining GBEP, Marco served as Bioenergy Consultant for the FAO BEFSCI project and worked for the International Relations Office of the Universitá degli Studi della Tuscia as Environmental Studies Coordinator.
He holds a BA in Forestry and Environmental Science, a MSc in Environmental Science for Large Urban Areas from Universitá degli Studi della Tuscia, and a MSc in Environmental Science and Policy from PACE University of New York.
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 for bioenergy at country level, with a focus on Paraguay and Viet Nam.
Prior to joining GBEP, Tiziana served as project manager of the “Biochar Plus” project funded if the ACP Group, and worked on sustainable techniques of Conservation Agriculture at the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy.
She holds a BA in Agricultural Science and Technology and a PhD in Ecology and Preservation of Agricultural and Landscapes Environmental System at the University of Udine, Italy.
Mr. Traverso joined the GBEP Secretariat in 2016 and is responsible for contributing to sustainability indicators implementation and providing support in a broad range of activities related to the FORBIO project.
Prior to joining GBEP, Lorenzo served as field mission coordinator in Italy an Nepal for the Italian Development Cooperation of MAECI and as research scholar for the University of Tuscia.
He holds a BA in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies and a MSc in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from Tuscia University.
Ms Miller joined the GBEP Secretariat in 2016 and is responsible for supporting the development of the GBEP programme of work.
Prior to joining GBEP, she worked at FAO YUNGA (Youth and United Nations Global Alliance), bringing environmental issues to youth through publications and conferences. Previously, she worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on Agricultural Advocacy and conservation of agricultural habitats for endangered bird species, and for the Borneo Nature Foundation conducting research on the behavioural ecology of wild primates in Indonesia. She has also worked in the private sector in an environmental consultancy.
Constance holds an MA in Natural Sciences and Management from the University of Cambridge. She is currently working towards an MSc in Sustainable Development at SOAS, University of London, with a specialization in Rural Development.
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 Tor Vergata University.
Ms. Maffeo is in charge of all logistical and administrative tasks within the GBEP Secretariat since 2017.
Prior to joining GBEP, she served the Global Strategy to improve agricultural and rural statistics (GSARS) hosted by Statistics Division (ESS) for two years as Administrative Assistant and Organizer of logistical arrangements for national and international workshops. She has joined FAO in 2012 and she has worked in the Conference, Council and Protocol Affairs Division (CPA) until September 2014.
Federica holds a degree in Modern Languages and Literature and a Master degree in Translation. She speaks English and French.