Pietro DE MATTEIS (PhD, Cambridge)

Pietro De Matteis is an elected city councillor in Brussels (Saint Gilles) and works as the advisor on Public Diplomacy at the European External Action Service, the EU diplomatic corps where he supports the development of new approaches to build trust and mutual understanding between the EU and citizens worldwide. He also serves as the Deputy Commissioner General for the EU at EXPO2020 Dubai.

In the past he worked for the European Commission managing cooperation programmes for Asia and North America as well as in the field of regional policy and city-to-city cooperation. He also briefly worked for the Chamber of Commerce of Milan, a Multinational Company in Shanghai (China), the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris.

Pietro holds a PhD in international studies form the University of Cambridge where he researched in the field of Energy and Climate Change Diplomacy. An economist by training, he graduated from the University of Milan-Bicocca (summa cum laude) after an Erasmus year at University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and then obtained a Masters-level degree from the European College of Parma. Supported by various scholarships (and by working aside) he was able to spend one year as a visiting scholar at Columbia University (NY) and at Renmin University 人民大学 (Beijing).

Since early age Pietro has supported citizens' activism at European level through various organisations (e.g. JEF, GFE) and he was one of the founders of Stand Up for Europe (formerly of the European Federalist Party). He is also a the initiator of PowerCrowd.org (a platform connecting local change-makers for global impact), #EUsolidarity Now (a 80.000 people-strong Facebook Group for European solidarity) and a founding member of Alliance4Europe.

In 2014 he ran as a candidate for the European Parliament elections and in 2018 he was elected city councillor in Brussels (Saint Gilles) to connect the European project with the citizens at the local level.


Pietro De Matteis has been a Rotary International Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar to China and he has been a beneficiary of a scholarship from the Cambridge European Trust. He is also an Alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) run by the US Department of State.

Pietro is part of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network, the Mercator Foundation TEFF Network and the Bosh Alumni Network.


Italian (mother tongue)

English (fluent)

French (fluent)

Spanish (good)

Chinese (low-intermediate)

German (beginner)


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