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Nereo Peñalver is a policy advisor at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (EP), where he is responsible for Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries.

Mr Peñalver has worked for front-rank European politicians such as Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and Josep Borrell, former President of the European Parliament. He also served senior officials such as the spokesperson of Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the Parliament's Director General for External Relations or the United Nations' Communications Director for Western Europe. Mr Peñalver has worked in the European Parliament's Research Service, writing briefings for Members of the European Parliament on foreign policy matters, as well as at the European Union's Delegation in Tunisia.

He has Masters from the College of Europe in Bruges and from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Mr Peñalver has also studied political sciences at the Institut d´Études Politiques in Toulouse and at Beijing University.

Mr Peñalver has been selected for several leadership programmes and study visits by the US, Japanese and Indonesian governments, as well as by the Aspen Institute, Die Zeit and the Indian Observer Research Foundation or the BMW foundation.

He is the author, together with Sir Julian Priestley, of the book The Making of a European President, on the first pan-European presidential campaign (Palgrave Macmillan, May 2015).