Elisabeth Gateau, French national, holds a diploma from the IEP (Political Studies Institute), Paris (1967) and a diploma from the Institute of Higher International Studies of the - Paris Panthéon Law Faculty.
Main posts held were:
- Administrator in the Environment Directorate of the Council of Europe (Secretariat of the Cooperation Committee of the Ministries responsible for Local Authorities then Secretariat of the Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe)
- Elected Deputy Secretary General, then Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions until 1st Mai 2002, when she joined the European Convention Secretariat.
She has also been an expert of the Economic and Social Committee and of the Committe of the Regions.