Biographical note

Doctorate in Communications (University of Bologna; Maxima cum Laude; thesis under the direction of Prof. Umberto Eco; published by ISSA/Univ. of Amsterdam with the title: “How to do things – and lead people – with words. A semiotic hypothesis on the functioning of Argumentation in Business Communications).

Master in International Relations (University of Brussels-ULB); Master in Economics (London School of Economics).


Communication Executive working for the European Union Institutions,  private companies, NGOs, Mc Kinsey Management Consulting, Foundations (research foundations and philanthropic foundations). Project manager, in charge of the creation of NESMA, a new worldwide instrument for the communication of philanthropy and for the international collaboration among socially responsible entrepreneurs.

Journalist, she wrote on politics and economics of the European Union and MENA countries (Middle East, North Africa, the Gulf) for leading weekly magazines (Panorama, Economy, Venerdì La Republica, L’Espresso, Europa).

She taught “European Union policies and decision-making processes” at the University of Leuven (Belgium),  and “European Union Communications” at IULM (University of Milan).

She gave lectures and workshops at the Universities of Amsterdam (NL), Groeningen (NL), Bocconi of Milan (I), Siena (I), Macerata (I), Havana (Cuba), Salamanca (Spain), Stellenbosch (South Africa), and at the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities.

She has been conducting studies and research projects requested by the European Parliament in the framework of the legislative procedure (all published by the EP in the series “Working Papers”).

She worked at the European Commission, as Political Adviser to the Cabinet of the Vice President for RDT (research and technological development). In this role, she was responsible for the preparation of the new RTD Communication Strategy; she prepared initiatives for the dissemination of EU research results; she developed positive contacts with the stakeholders (private sector, national governments, civil society);  she has been charged of a mission to the USA in view of the agreement on research between the EU and the United Stated.

She started her professional activities as a researcher at the University of Bologna, where she worked on projects commissioned by public and private institutions (RAI, EU, NATO) on Media Analysis.

She published academic essays (on Communications, Media Analysis, New Media, Rational persuasion techniques; and on European Union communications, EU policies for the Information Society; EU decision-making processes; Governmental Relations with the EU, etc). She is the author of a number of books on current issues (Migrations, Islam/Europe relations).

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