Fundación Euroamerica

La Fundación Euroamérica es una organización para fomentar las relaciones entre Europa y América

Gilles Bertrand


Embajador, jefe de la Delegación de la Unión Europea en Colombia


Academic qualifications:       

         1993 | 1994

Institute of Political Sciences – Paris, France

Civil-service option (history, constitutional and administrative law, economics)

         1990 | 1993

 École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) – Cergy-Pontoise, France

Business school (law, economics, corporate finance)

         1989

 Baccalauréat (A levels) in mathematics

Lycée Victor Hugo – Marseille, France


Professional experience:        

Starting 1 September 2021

Head of Delegation/Ambassador of the European Union to Colombia

         08.2019 | 08.2021

Head of Delegation/Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Delegation of the European Union to Syria       (based in Beirut, Lebanon)

         11.2017 | 07.2019

Head of Syria Conference Team/Policy Adviser, EU External Action Service, Managing Directorate for Middle East and North Africa (EU Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium)

         12.2014 | 04.2017

Director-General, École de la deuxième chance de Marseille, a large local NGO comprehensively re-training young adults (800 /year) who dropped out of the school system without qualifications

         06.2011 | 11.2014

Sabbatical: independent travelling (Russia, South America, Antarctica, Middle East), fiction writing, Arabic courses (Alexandria, Egypt), occasional articles and conferences on MENA politics

         01.2010 | 05.2011

Member of the Cabinet (personal office) of Mr. Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and the Neighbourhood Policy, covering relations with North Africa and the reform of the European Neighbourhood Policy (EU Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium)

         01.2007 | 12.2009

Assistant to the Director-General, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

         01.2006 | 12.2006

 Assistant to the Deputy Director-General, DG External Relations, European Commission

         01.2005 | 12.2005

Desk Officer for Sri Lanka, DG External Relations, European Commission

         07.2002 | 08.2004

Head of Political Section, Delegation of the European Commission to Afghanistan

         06.2001 | 06.2002

Policy officer for Africa-Caribbean-Pacific political issues, DG External Relations

         03.1995 | 05.2001

Member of the European Commission’s Forward Studies Unit


Language skills:         

         French (mother tongue)

         English, Spanish (fluent)

         German, Arabic (fair)

         Dutch, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish (basic or passive understanding)