Elena Lai is Secretary General of CEPI since January 2011. Before that, Elena spent 4 years working on culture and creative industries for local government in the UK, including coordinating the City’s Chairmanship of the EUROCITIES Culture Forum and Working Group on Creative Industries.

Elena is from Italy but has lived in UK for a number of years. Her primary degree is in political science from Cagliari University and then gained a master in EU constitutional law from Queen Mary University, in London.

She also worked as a lecturer in Italian politics and intercultural Italian studies.