Pietro DE MATTEIS (PhD, Cambridge)

Pietro De Matteis is an elected city councillor in Brussels (Saint Gilles).

He holds a PhD in international studies form the University of Cambridge where he researched in the field of Energy and Climate Change Diplomacy.

Currently he is the advisor on Public Diplomacy at the European External Action Service, the EU diplomatic corps, and works on developing new approaches to build trust and mutual understanding with citizens worldwide.

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 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.

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 (Beijing).

In his free time, 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 and formerly of the European Federalist Party. He is also a the initiator of theActivist.eu and a founding member of Alliance Europa an umbrella organisation that connects several pro-European organisations.

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

Language skills

Italian (mother tongue)

English (fluent)

French (fluent)

Spanish (good)

Chinese (low-intermediate)

German (beginner)

In the press

Below you will find a short selection of some of my articles:

Below you will find a short selection of some of my interviews:

I was also mentioned in several publications, articles and open letters including:

I also wrote various Research Papers, including:

  • Ministry of Regional Development, Poland – 2013 – “Rural-Urban  Partnership for Sustainable Development” by Pietro De Matteis and Sabrina Lucatelli;
  • European Union Institute of Security Studies – Occasional Papers June 2012 – The EU’s and China’s institutional diplomacy in the field of climate change;
  • The Sino-European energy and climate change cooperation – Journal of European Contemporary Research – December 2010;
  • The EU, the US, China and the Energy System: The Energy Diplomacy - Journal of East-European and Asian Studies – Issue n.1, April 2009;
  • The European Union and the Economic Governance: an International and European Perspective – AESI research paper – June 2006;
  • The Economics of Happiness: an Economical & Political analysis for Europe – Graduation thesis – 2005;