Gabriela Frey’s emotional balance and communication skills, are not only of benefit to her marketing management career, but also as the foremost pioneer to present Buddhism to the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.
From her contributions to the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Europe to her feminist stand to question, “Are Religions a Place for Emancipation for Women?” Gabriela Frey is the pioneering Representative of the European Buddhist Union at the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) of the Council of Europe.
At the European Parliament, from 1988 – 2017 she served as the assistant to several German Members of the European Parliament. For 16 years, she represented as Secretary, the Tibet Intergroup to the European Parliament, and coordinated monthly meetings with results including: visits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Strasbourg, Germany and Brussels, Belgium, as well as, four delegations of parliamentarians to Dharamsala, India for exchanges with the Tibetan government in exile. In 2019, she was the European Parliament’s first guest speaker on Buddhism in Europe.
Gabriela Frey has coordinated relations between the European Buddhist Union and European Institutions resulting in participatory statues to the Council of Europe. Not only has she served as the Coordinator for European Affairs in the German Buddhist Union, but she has coordinated National Buddhist Unions and Networks across the continent to the European Buddhist Union.
In addition, she empowered the women of France by establishing Sakyadhita France.
Gabriela Frey has represented the Buddhist National Unions of: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom via the European Buddhist Union to the Council of Europe, a truly gracious gift unto humanity.
Her research report entitled, “Buddhism: A Traditional Religion Rooted in Europe” traces the early relations of Buddhism and Europeans, which stretches back to the time of Buddha Guatama.