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Mr. Gino Van Begin
Gino Van Begin is ICLEI’s Secretary General since 1 January 2013. He joined ICLEI in January 2000 and served as ICLEI's Regional Director for Europe and as Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI until 2012. Gino brings to this position 25 years of work experience in international institutions and organizations.

Before joining ICLEI, Gino worked in Russia for seven years (1993 –1999) to set up EU LIFE funded Environmental Centres (ECATs) in the cities of Kaliningrad and Saint Petersburg.

He started his career at the European Commission’s Directorate General I (External Relations) in 1987 and moved on to work at the Commission’s Secretariat General as well as at Directorate General XI (Environment) until 1993. He also worked at the Cabinet of the Vice President of the Government of Flanders and Minister of Economy, Small Business and Energy.

Gino has been a member of the EU Expert Group to the European Commission on the Urban Environment from 2003 until 2006. He is a co-drafter of the Aalborg Commitments on urban sustainability to which more than 600 cities and towns in Europe have adhered since its launch in 2004.

As Secretary General, Gino undertakes an official observer status role on behalf of ICLEI at the COP negotiations on Climate Change as well as expert roles at the European Commission, the Council of Europe, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe. He is also a member of the European Commission’s Jury on the European Green Capital 2010-2011, 2012-2013 and 2014.

Gino Van Begin was born in Belgium and graduated from the University of Brussels as a lawyer in 1987. He is the father of two children. Gino speaks Dutch, French, English, German and Russian.