A host of key stakeholders will be invited to a reception event next month, marking the visit of Stefano Manservisi (pictured), the Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO).
Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) is hosting the March 30 event which is taking place during Mr Manservisi’s brief visit to New Zealand, and the Foundation’s Chair Peter Kiely says it is a great honour for it to host the dignitary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) office in Auckland.
“Approximately 70 Pacific and European Union (EU) Consular Corps (plus Australia and USA), the Pacific Business Councils, and key Pacific stakeholders are expected to attend the function,” the Chair adds.
Mr Manservisi took up his current role at DEVCO in May, 2016, leading the organisation that is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world.
He has previously served as Head of Cabinet of the High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini.
With over 30 years of experience in the Commission prior to this job, including six years as Director-General of the Department for Development and Relations with Africa, Caribbean, Pacific countries and four years leading the department for Migration and Home Affairs, Mr Manservisi brings a wealth of expertise to his role.
He has also worked in the field as Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, and has served in the private office of four different Commissioners, including two as Head of Cabinet.
Mr Manservisi started a career in the private sector before joining the Commission in 1983.
Meanwhile, he also enjoys teaching, and has been a visiting professor in the University of Bologna, University of Roma III and the College of Europe.
PCF will host Mr Manservisi on March 30, at MFAT’s Pounamu Lounge, Level 6, 139 Quay Street, from 5.30pm to 7pm.
Visit http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/general_en for more information about the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development.