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Alfonso Lara-Montero

CEO of the European Social Network


Alfonso is CEO of the European Social Network, which brings together over 165 social services departments in public authorities in 35 countries. Alfonso oversees the Network’s management and strategic direction, leads the policy programme co-financed by the European Commission, the annual European Social Services Conference and European Social Services Awards. He has 15 years’ experience in public policy, has authored and co-authored several publications and is a regular contributor of articles to academic journals, newspapers, and specialist social services magazines. Before joining ESN, Alfonso worked in public policy programme evaluation and project management in the private sector.

He holds an MA in modern languages from the University of Granada, an MA in European Governance from the College of Europe, an MSc in Public Policy from University College London and a Masters in Executive Management of International Associations at Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management. Alfonso advises public authorities in their social services reforms and teaches on social services innovation, reform, and organisation in master’s degree programmes at the Universities of Barcelona, The Basque Country and the School of Public Administration in Galicia, Spain.