Elena Peresso is a member of Cabinet of Karel De Gucht, EU Trade Commissioner, and is in charge of the relations with the European Parliament, the development and social angles to EU trade and commercial relations with African, Latin American, Caribbean and Pacific partners. She previously worked as a member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. Between 2005-2009, Elena Peresso was an official in the Council Secretariat in different functions relating to the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. Prior to that, she served as a World Bank official in Brussels, the West Bank and Gaza and spent her early years in Brussels working for a European electricity industry organisation. She has a Masters degree in political studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and is from Malta.