Carla Montesi

director, Planet and Prosperity, DG DEVCO, European Commission

Panel Discussion – A focus on Africa – Partenering for food security

Carla Montesi is currently director at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation. She has been responsible for the Directorate “Planet and Prosperity” since September 2018. Previously she was Director for Western and Central Africa from 2014 to 2018. Prior to 2014, she was director at the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Initially responsible for fisheries conservation, control and structural actions for the Mediterranean and Black Sea, she has piloted maritime policy as well as fisheries and funding for the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Landlocked Member States.

Formerly a lawyer in Italy who specialized in European affairs at the College of Europe in Bruges, Montesi’s earlier career encompassed diverse responsibilities in the field of EU external policy for development and cooperation both at Headquarters and in EU Delegations in Africa, as well as experience in the Cabinet of EU Commissioner Emma Bonino for External Policy and Humanitarian Affairs.