Charlotte Brandsma joined GMF in 2011. Based in Brussels, she coordinates GMF’s work on the Mediterranean region. Her main focus is on EU and U.S. relations with the Mediterranean, NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue, China’s presence in the Mediterranean, and energy security in the Mediterranean and Middle East. Among others, Charlotte manages GMF’s Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project, which aims to promote conditions for the peaceful development of new energy opportunities in the Eastern Mediterranean. She also organizes GMF’s Mediterranean Strategy Group meetings. Charlotte is a member of the OSCE New-Med network and is an associate scholar at the Mediterranean Seminar research network.
Prior to joining GMF, Charlotte worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels on the European Neighbourhood Policy, human rights, and migration policy. She holds a bachelor's and master's in international relations from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Charlotte speaks Dutch, English, French, German, and basic Arabic and Spanish.