Ambassador Petra Pereyra is a lawyer by profession with over fifteen years of experience in European Union External Action, having served in various functions prior to joining the EU Delegation to Botswana and SADC in September 2022 as the Ambassador.
Previously, she has been heading the Unit for Communications in the department for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations and leading the Humanitarian Aid Operations in the Sahel and West Africa region. In the department for International Partnerships, she was in charge of designing and supporting the EU Delegations to implement programmes in the areas of justice, security, the rule of law and good governance. She has also been responsible for inter-institutional relations within the EU and budget discharge for the EU external action spending.
Before joining the EU, Petra Pereyra worked as a researcher of international law at the University of Helsinki and in the Legal Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. She holds Master of Laws and Licentiate of Law (postgraduate research) Degrees from the University of Helsinki