Gianluca Esposito was nominated as the first Ethics Officer of the Counci of Europe as of 1st April 2019.
Gianluca is currently the Executive Secretary of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe. GRECO monitors member states’ compliance with and effective implementation of the Council of Europe anti-corruption standards (it comprises all European countries and the United States of America).
Gianluca started his career at the Council of Europe in 1995 where he was involved in the negotiation of several conventions and other legal instruments, such as the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption conventions (and their monitoring mechanism, GRECO), the Convention on cybercrime and its additional protocol, the European Commission on the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ), the Council of Europe Conventions on action against trafficking in human beings, and on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. From 2005 to 2009, he was an Adviser in the Private Office of the Council of Europe’s Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General, covering legal and Human Rights issues. Before joining GRECO, he was the Head of the Equality and Human Dignity Department.
From 2009 to 2015, Gianluca acted as a Senior Counsel in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. He focused on financial integrity and economic governance issues, notably in the context of the EC-IMF-ECB adjustment programs in Europe, and IMF’s surveillance, program and technical assistance work in selected countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He published extensively on legal, policy and Human Rights issues.
Gianluca holds a Degree in Law from the University of Naples (Italy), and an LLM from Boston University (Boston, MA, USA). He qualified as a member of the Bar.