Dr. Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis is the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since the 1st of March 2021. She was born in Athens, Greece, on 28 February 1967. She completed her secondary school studies at Scuola Italiana di Atene and Anavrita in Greece. In 1988 she graduated with Honors from the University of Athens, Law School. In 1994, she graduated, with Honors, as Doctor in Law from the European University Institute (EUI), in Florence, Italy. Dr. Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis has a total of 28 years of professional experience in the Council of Europe. She has worked for 21 years with and for parliamentarians from all over Europe in the Parliamentary Assembly. From 2007 to 2020, she led Assembly activities in the field of political affairs and democracy, as well as monitoring of the fulfilment by member states of their commitments and obligations. She provided advice to four successive Secretaries General of the Assembly, numerous Presidents of the Assembly and committee Chairpersons. She is married and has two children.