Deputy Secretary General of the PES
Paolo Alberti is in charge of the GPF Press & Communications. He graduated in Political science at the University of Milan and holds a Master in Economics of cooperation from the University of Bologna (Italy). Following a period as research student at the European Institute of the London School of Economics (UK), in 2002 he moved to Brussels where he has worked as communication adviser for the European Commission and as spokesperson and press officer for Progressive Alliance of the Socialists and Democrats at the European Parliament.
Cécilia Gondard is a French national. She holds a BA in European Studies from La Sorbonne and a Masters in European Business from the ESCP-EAP – European school of Management. After having worked for two years in marketing in Paris, Cecilia came to Brussels where she worked for the Party of European socialists as an assistant on financial regulation in the EU Policy Department. Cecilia joined the GPF team in the European parliament as an administrator in November 2009.
Born in Scotland, she has travelled and lived in Greece, France, Belgium, Austria for long periods of time. She has 15 years private sector experience and 16 years EU experience working on Committees such as Women's Rights and Human Rights in addition to four years experience working in the European Monitoring Centre on Xenophobia ( currently the Fundamental Rights Agency ) She joined the GPF in January 2015.
Karen Mets is a political advisor for the PES international unit. Prior to this post she spent three years in the occupied Palestinian territory working as advocacy and communications manager with Save the Children. Between 2006 and 2010 she held positions as a political adviser to the Belgian State Secretary of Public Enterprises, and as an advisor to a Belgian Member of Parliament, focusing on foreign affairs and human rights.
Simona was born in Naples, (Italy) but she spent the last 5 years living in Milan. She studied International Relations at the University "Orientale" in Naples and Political Sciences at the University of Milan. In 2006, she decides to move to Toulouse for the Erasmus Project. It is something that she considers a real educational path. She loves politics, but also the history and culture of Latin America . In 2014, she joined the GPF.