MENA-OECD Government-Business Summit


Cesare Onestini

European Training Foundation



Cesare Onestini took up the post of Director of the European Training Foundation in September 2017. Prior to joining the ETF, he was Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to India and Bhutan. He joined the European Commission in 1995, working for six years in education and training policy starting by promoting cooperation in education and training. He has developed intercultural education projects, coordinated school partnerships and teachers’ mobility across EU Member States and was part of the team which developed proposals for the first EU programme for Lifelong Learning. He has since worked for the European Union in international trade, security and crisis management and external relations, where he was Head of Political and Security Council Affairs in the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York. Mr Onestini joined the European External Action Service in 2010, playing a key role in setting the service up, as advisor to the Chief Operating Officer and Head of the Corporate Board Secretariat, before his appointment as Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to India and Bhutan, where he served for three years. In the 2013-14 academic year, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. Cesare Onestini is a graduate of Oxford University, where he achieved a doctorate in higher education policy.

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