Fabrizio Rossi holds the position of Secretary General at the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).
Before joining the CEMR, he was Innovation Orchestrator and Director of Programmes for the Land Use area in Climate-KIC, the main climate innovation agency of the European Union, where he developed and drove a large portfolio of multi-funder programmes and projects on climate adaptation in Europe and Africa. Prior to that, he worked for the ERDF funded programme INTERACT, contributing to the strategic thinking behind the designing of new funding instruments under the EU cohesion policy (2021-2027).
Working for the Barcelona Provincial Council, he led a mid-sized international association of local intermediate authorities, representing local governments in EU policy-making in Brussels. He was EU Affairs adviser for the Regional Parliament of Sardinia and researcher for the structural funds department of the Scottish Government, in Glasgow.
Fabrizio has been an active social entrepreneur, strongly engaged in reforestation activities in Madagascar and founding a social start-up active in the forest carbon market that expanded its operations to Bolivia.
He holds a MAS and MPhil in International Relations from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with a focus on the role of local authorities in the European and international arena. He holds accreditation as an expert in Decentralized Cooperation from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
Fabrizio is fluent in five languages and is currently learning Dutch.