Dezideriu Gergely is the executive director of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) in Budapest, Hungary. Prior to this, he was Secretary of State for the National Council for Combating Discrimination in Romania.
Previously, Dezideriu also served as a private lawyer and member of the Bucharest Bar Association, and was the head of the Human Rights Department of the non-governmental organization Romani CRISS - Roma Centre for Social Intervention and Studies in Bucharest, where he was involved in a number of projects focusing on Roma rights, both in Romania as well as in other European countries. He also worked as a trainer on human rights issues for police officers and NGO activists in Romania. Before joining CRISS, Dezideriu was Local Monitor in Romania for the ERRC.
Among others, Dezideriu has authored the following publications: “Good Practices: Compilation of Court Cases of Discrimination against Roma in Access to Public Places," "Roma and the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the protection of National Minorities,” and "Good Practices: Specialized Mechanisms for Combating Discrimination: United Kingdom and Romania." As a PILnet International Fellow, Dezideriu developed a project entitled “Combating discrimination against Roma through strategic advocacy – The case of Roma from Romania.” Dezideriu has a BA in law from the Babes Bolyai University - Cluj Napoca in Romania.