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Gino van Begin appointed ICLEI Deputy Secretary General

ICLEI Secretary General Konrad Otto-Zimmermann has appointed European Director Gino van Begin to serve as his Deputy. ICLEI’s European Director Gino van Begin has been appointed Deputy Secretary General to stand in for the Secretary General in cases of absence. Gino joined ICLEI in the year 2000 as Deputy European Director and Director of the European Local Agenda 21 Programme. He became Regional Director for Europe in 2002 when his predecessor Konrad Otto-Zimmermann left the European Secretariat in order to lead ICLEI as Secretary General. Gino has since shared the lead of the European Secretariat with Executive Director Wolfgang Teubner. Holding a Masters degree in law, Mr. van Begin brings to this position 14 years of work experience in international institutions and organizations. Before joining ICLEI, he worked in Kaliningrad (Russia) as Manager and Team Leader of the Environmental Centre for Administration and Technology (ECAT).  Prior to that, he was Legal Advisor at the Directorate General XI (Environment) of the European Commission, at the Commission’s Secretariat General and at the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the Government of Flanders and Minister of Economy, Small Business and Energy. He started his career at the European Commission’s Directorate General I (External Relations). Mr. van Begin is from Belgium and speaks five languages: English, French, German, Dutch and Russian. “Gino is an excellent choice for this role”, says ICLEI Secretary General Konrad Otto-Zimmermann. “He has served ICLEI for more than seven years and leads the most international of our regional secretariats in terms of nationalities represented, languages spoken and working relationships with other regions. ICLEI’s Executive Committee and colleagues can rely on Gino’s dedication and loyalty.”