Carlo Bitetto was appointed Director of garagErasmus in April 2016, when the Foundation moved its headquarters to Milan. Born in 1983, Carlo got a Master degree in International Law at the University of Milan in 2011 and perfected his legal education with a Diploma at the Graduate School in Legal Professions in 2013.
His deep love for the Erasmus world was kindled during his Erasmus period as a student in Pamplona, at the University of Navarra in 2008/09, and continued with an Erasmus Placement in Dublin at AXA-MPS. Between 2009 and 2015 he joined the Erasmus Student Network, first at a local level and then at a national level. In December 2012 he was elected President of Erasmus Student Network Italy, where he coordinated 50 local sections, managing projects and relationships with institutional and private stakeholders.
Carlo is currently Communication and Event Manager of the San Paolo Medical School of the University of Milan, where every day around 1000 students, Ph.D.s, researchers, and professors develop their clinical and preclinical studies, registering patents and cooperating with international partners.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Fabrizio Bitetto has been Chief Executive Officer of the garagErasmus Foundation since August 2017. He was an Erasmus Student in 2008. He took a Master degree in Urban Planning and Policy Design at the Polytechnic University in Milan in 2013.
While still a University student, Fabrizio launched his own activity of building administration. At the same time he decided to continue his Erasmus experience by supporting Erasmus students, first at the Polytechnic University in Milan and then as President of Erasmus Student Network Italy. During his term as National President, he coordinated the participation of ESN in EXPO 2015 as Civil Society Participants, and promoted the approval of a national law to grant Italian Erasmus students abroad the right to vote remotely. He started his new adventure with garagErasmus Foundation in 2016.
Valentina Presa has a European Law Studies background; after an Erasmus exchange at the ULB of Brussels, she engaged in the Erasmus Student Network, joining both the local and national boards of the association, organising events and coordinating the membership.
An expert in project applications and management, she has been the Director of the Union of European Federalists until 2020, and she is currently working as Erasmus Project Manager at Fortes Impresa Sociale in Vicenza, Italy.
Since 2017 Valentina is the Project Manager of garagErasmus Foundation, managing applications for funding, implementation, follow up and networking for European Projects.
Francesco Guerzoni is a European citizen who was born in Italy in 1991. After an amazing Erasmus in Liège (Belgium), he completed a Bachelor’s in Philosophy at the University of Bologna with a thesis on intersubjective relations between human beings. Two years later, he completed a Master’s degree in European studies at the Free University of Brussels with a thesis on the Europeanisation of social economy.
Since then, he is professionally active in European affairs, having covered several positions at the French National Assembly, the European Federation for Services to Individuals, and the Union of European Federalists. He is currently working as a Communication Officer for the European Visual Artists. A fervent European federalist and believer in the value of international mobility, he helps garagErasmus as a volunteer on projects and communication.
Since August 2018, he has represented garagErasmus in the Board of the Erasmus+ Students and Alumni Alliance.
Marco Groppelli supports the communication activities of the Foundation as a volunteer. A communications professional with a background in philology and graphic design, he studied in Milan and did an Erasmus exchange in Helsinki. This international experience ignited his passion for student mobility, leading him to join the Erasmus Student Network in September 2009 and the garagErasmus Foundation in March 2020.
A staunch supporter of multiculturalism and European integration, Marco has lived and worked in Italy, his home country, as well as in Portugal, Finland, and Belgium, where he currently resides. He has worked with European institutions such as the European Maritime Safety Agency and the European Chemicals Agency, and with multiple communication consultancies.
Marcel Planagumà (Barcelona, 1989) is the Communications Manager of the Foundation. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Political and Social Communication, and did an Erasmus exchange in Karlova Univerzitá (Prague).
Marcel has gained over six years of experience in the field of communications for non-profit (think tanks, foundations, professional associations) and private organisations, designing and implementing communication strategies, managing social media accounts, maintaining relations with the press and organising events. He is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English and French. Marcel has always been interested in communicating European policies, which according to him means a hard but encouraging challenge.
Liaison with ESAA
Serena Țenea is 23 years old, born in Romania and she is our intern gE’s headquarters, in Milan. After graduating from the University of Bucharest in Italian and French Philology, she decided to come back on the path of her Erasmus mobility in Belgium, and continue her Master studies in Multilingual Communication and International Relations at the Free University of Brussels.
Serena defines herself as a global citizen constantly eager to get involved at the international level and fascinated about multiculturalism. She started being active in her local community when she was in high school, by organizing festivals and activities for youth. Her passion for communication helped her to become a young journalist and photo-reporter. Her journey in the international organizations started when she got involved in the Erasmus Student Network Romania as a national Project Coordinator. She accumulated a broad experience in the education field by cooperating with the Romanian National Agency (Anpcdefp) as an Erasmus+ Promoter. She was also one of our former ambassadors for the Erasmus Vote Power project.
Camilla Smorra, class 1994, from Naples (Italy), passionate globe-trotter, graduated in political science and in International Relations. During her academic years, Camilla has been an Erasmus student at the University of Sophia Antipolis in Nice (France) and at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow (Russia), and an intern at the Italian General Consulate of Montreal (Canada).
Camilla is currently in charge of supporting the team in applying for EU funding, implementing European projects, organizing events across Europe, communication activities and day-to-day administrative tasks.
Carmen Murgu is 25 years old and is originally from Romania. She is currently pursuing a Double Degree M.A. at Europa-Universitaet Flensburg (European Studies) and University of Catania (Global Politics and Euro-Mediterranean Relations). Before that, she graduated with a B.A. in Security Studies at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Her main professional and academic interests revolve around European foreign policy, with a focus on the Southern European Neighbourhood Policy visible through many extracurricular activities she engaged in, such as being part of two non-profits, namely Munich European Forum and European Student Think Tank. She has also attended numerous conferences and events such as European Forum Alpbach, Young Mediterranean Voices or NATO Youth Summit. She also speaks a bit of Spanish and German.
Born in Russia, Ekaterina Iamshanova holds a single-cycle Master’s degree in History and English Teaching and Master’s in Translation. However, 8 years ago she started her career as an International Sport Events Manager in Russia. Being a part of such great events as Olympic Games 2014, FIFA World Cup 2018 and ITF tennis tournaments she realized that this is what she wants to devote her professional life to. In 2020 she decided to upgrade her level of knowledge and now she attends a Bachelor’s degree course in Business Administration at the University of Tuscia (Italy). Ekaterina is highly interested in project management, events planning, staff training and motivation and plans to develop herself in this direction.
Lisa Bortune is 22 years old, born in Italy and she is joining us for a traineeship during Spring 2021. She holds a bachelor’s degree in investigation and security sciences and is currently attending a Master’s in Political Science at the University of Tuscia (Italy), to specialise in public communication and international security. She is mainly interested in European social and political issues. Lisa is supporting our team in Brussels by followings several projects in the field of European policies.