Niccolò MartelliItaly (Host: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights)
Niccolò Martelli is a twenty-three-year-old who obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florence last October. He has an excellent certified knowledge of the English language and a good knowledge of Spanish; qualities that allowed him to follow an Erasmus semester abroad in Sweden where he expanded his knowledge in the business field. Although his academic background is strongly aimed at a company, Niccolò has always been interested in the nonprofit sector, as shown by the two years he spent serving as a free volunteer at the UNITALSI Toscana Association. His role at the association is to cooperate in the production of theatrical performances where the actors are disabled people of all ages. The meetings for the staging of the show also have the role of sensitizing spectators on topics such as the removal of architectural barriers, the human rights to which disabled people are entitled and the preservation of the environment. Niccolò is also strongly interested in journalism and in his spare time he devotes himself to writing articles on current events and the environment, which he publishes on a blog created by himself so that it will become an integral part of his future work.
Host Organization: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Role at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights: At Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Niccolò will further the Workplace Dignity Program, a new initiative building on Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy. He will have the unique opportunity to define and implement innovations to achieve more respectful and dignified corporate workplace cultures and will join a team responsible for strategy development, training development, and ongoing learning.
Ester PitrelliItaly (Host: Save the Children)
Ester Pitrelli has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Italy, and she is currently enrolled in a distance learning program for a Postgraduate Certificate in Poverty Reduction from the School of African and Oriental Studies in the United Kingdom. She worked at Save the Children Italy as Communications and Donor Retention Officer where she led many direct marketing projects, including a fundraising program for the least developed Mediterranean areas. Previously, Ester worked as a Project Officer in Zambia for an Italian nonprofit organization where she increased organizational awareness, and wrote new project proposals on several topics including a home based care for people living with HIV/AIDS. . Ester is mainly interested in focusing on the topic of poverty reduction, especially for children. She hopes she will have the opportunity to use her current studies and acquired skills to become a professional in communication for development.
Host Organization: Save the Children
Role at Host Organization: Ester will contribute to Global Sponsorship Growth by developing an effective ICS Fundraising Launch Approach. She will also implement the Global Sponsorship Market Intelligence to find top markets for the launch of the ICS product. Ester will support improvements of the Sponsor Experience by collaborating with SC US, SC Italy, SC Korea and SC Australia to increase the quality of acquisition and retention communication streams for various channels.
Lara PalmisanoItaly (Host: UN Foundation)
Lara has 7 years of experience in communications with a particular focus on nonprofit work, and earned a Master’s degree in Multimedia Communication from the University of Milan in Italy. She demonstrates strong skills of a Media Relations specialist. After obtaining her masters degree, she traveled to Cote d’Ivoire, where she was the Manager of a marketing company that specialized in events and advertising. Lara previously worked as External Relations Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Abidjan. She was a Public Information Officer for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan where she started up the office in the Warrap State; prior to this she was the Media Relations Officer for the Spokesperson of the United Nations Mission in Sudan. She was immediately entrusted with important assignments during active hostilities in Cote d’Ivoire and Sudan, and her performance during several UN high signor visits was praised. She was also a Web and Communication Assistant for an Italian American nonprofit with a mission to provide educational programs primarily to the Italian immigrant community in New York. While working as Media Relations Officer for the Italian NGO COOPI, apart from being in charge of designing communications plans and Media Relations strategies, she was responsible for various country-specific and institutional communications and advocacy campaigns; specifically taking the lead for communication for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, by acting as a liaison to other international organizations. In addition to being a native Italian, she is fluent in English and French, and she is proficient in Spanish.
Host Organization: UN Foundation
Role at Host Organization: Lara will join United Nations Foundation in Washington DC. She will serve in the Media and Communication Department, where she will plan and execute digital diplomacy events with the diplomatic community, manage online campaigns, support in writing projects, press releases, outreach, translating and event planning and production.