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.

Contact details:

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, ITALY
[email protected]
Tel. +39 06 57052834

GBEP Secretariat Team


Maria Michela Morese

Executive Secretary

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.




Marco Colangeli

Programme Adviser

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. 








Constance Miller

Programme Adviser

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 in the private sector in an environmental consultancy. She has also 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. 
Constance holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from SOAS, University of London and an MA in Natural Sciences and Management from the University of Cambridge.


Lorenzo Traverso

Programme Adviser

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.




Lorenzo Testa








Lorenzo is a PhD student in Energetics at Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) and before that he obtained a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. His current research focuses on thermochemical conversion processes with a focus on environmental sustainability. 

Lorenzo is supporting the GBEP team with the GBEP programme of work, as well as with the implementation of the H2020 project  BIKE on “Biofuels Production at low ILUC Risk for European Sustainable Bioeconomy”.

Lorenzo worked in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling in a private company in Austria and before that also in the field of process development in Germany.