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.
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.
Policy and Project Support
A lawyer specialised in European Affairs, with a particular focus on Artificial Intelligence and the digital sector. Currently working in a consultancy based in Rome, during the past years he has worked for a law firm in Tunis and for the Union of European Federalists in Brussels as Project & Policy Officer. He is also part of the Executive Board of CSI – Centro Studi Internazionali.
Luigi Briatore (1996) is one of our interns in Brussels’gE he was born and raised in Italy and grew up in Europe. With three Erasmus+ experiences under his belt Luigi is a veteran Erasmus student who has lived, studied and worked in six countries in the last four years. He studied International Relations at the University of Bologna and then at the UCLouvain in Belgium and he has been an exchange student at the Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) and at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Before joining our team he moved to Lille (France) for an Erasmus Internship in youth organisation where he followed and managed international Youth Exchange projects.
He currently supports us in carrying out our projects, local events and facilitating relations with public stakeholders as well as with our local and international partners.
Born in Milan in 1986, Vincenzo Petri holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from Milano-Bicocca University (2015) and worked in a criminal law form in Milan as a trainee lawyer. His experience made him specialise in the fields of criminal and economic law. Vincenzo moved to Brussels in October 2021 to deepen his knowledge in EU law, affairs and policies, and he is currently supporting gE team in applying for EU funding calls, implementing European projects, organising events across Europe, communication activities and day-to-day administrative tasks.