Antonella Cagnolati is responsible for institutional and international relations with Solidarity Water Europe, in particular with Strasbourg City Hall, the Council of Europe, the Euro-Region and the institutions of the European Union. She is particular engaged with the European youth water projects and SWE’s activities in Moldova.
An economist and European civil servant for over 30 years, Cagnolati was director of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and manager of the environment, regional development and local authorities division of the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly. She currently works as an expert consultant in governance, local democracy and citizenship. She coordinated the 2013 and 2014 editions of the Council of Europe’s Lisbon Forums, which focused on the aftermath of the Arab Spring, electoral processes and democratic governance in Southern Mediterranean countries.
She is a co-founder of Solidarity Water Europe, incorporated in Strasbourg, France following the Blue Europe action plan that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe initiated in 1993-1994. A native of Italy, she is currently President of the ISW-SWE’s Board of Governors.