André Gattolin was born on 24 june 1960 in Bourgoin-Jallieu, Isère, France. He is a journalist and since September 2011 he is Senator for Hauts-de-Seine elected with Europe Ecology – The Greens. He is Vice-chair of the Senate Finance Committee and of the European Affairs Committee. Academic and specialist of the information sciences and communication, André Gattolin teaches journalism and political communication at the University of Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle.
Between 1985 and 1995, he directed political departments of various polling institutes, including the Gallup Institute, where he was responsible for the coordination of Eurobarometer surveys. In 1988, Mr Gattolin was Director of Political Studies at the Institute Consumer Science & Analytics (CSA). From 1996 until 2006, he was marketing director of the newspaper Libération.
His political activity begins in the early 1980s with the engagement in three main organizations: Friends of the Earth International, the European Federalist Movement and above all the Radical Party founded by Marco Pannella of which he became federal Secretary in 1989 as the party turned into the Transnational Radical Party. In 1998, he organized and coordinated Daniel Cohn-Bendit’s campaign for the European elections. From 2007, he participated alongside Green MEPs in the build-up to the foundation of Europe-Ecology – The Greens.
André Gattolin is very active in the defence and promotion of human rights and indigenous people’s rights, which is why he is also member of the Information Group for Tibet in the Senate. He has a strong interest in the Artic and Greenland, which is proven by his Report published in April 2015 on the relationship between Greenland and the European Union “Greenland: a crossroads between Europe and the Arctic?”