GEO Secretariat welcomes new senior staff
26 Oct 2022

GEO Secretariat welcomes new senior staff

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The GEO Secretariat has welcomed two new members of its senior management team. Erika Alex joined as Chief of Staff on 24 October and Nicoleta Panta joined as Chief of Communications and Partnerships on 3 October.

Erika is a devoted ocean conservationist, bringing over a decade’s worth of experience advising science-based organization senior leaders and their teams on crafting and executing strategic, operational, and administrative policies and processes. She previously served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Agency for International Development Representative to the European Union, Chief of Staff at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Center for Satellite Applications and Research, and Senior Advisor to NOAA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Operations. Erika leverages experience working and studying in several countries to build productive relationships across traditional boundaries to collaboratively design policies and processes that deliver outcomes and solve problems. As Chief of Staff her primary role will be to smooth paths and remove barriers to success for the GEO Secretariat team.

Nicoleta joins GEO from the European Investment Bank (EIB), where she was a Senior Corporate Communication Officer. She is a passionate believer in the power of integrated communications with more than 21 years’ experience working to influence behaviour and policy change and mobilize resources for innovative projects around the world. By understanding the interdependency between communication, advocacy and fundraising Nicoleta aims to “glue” them together to deliver change and improve lives. She has held positions at a wide range of international and non-governmental organisations (UNICEF, OHCHR, Plan International, EIB), working hand in hand with governments, local communities, civil society as well as private sector partners to analyse, understand and respond to the needs of people from diverse backgrounds.