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Silvia Sartori Gender & Sustainable Development specialist
© Brennan, Vital Voices

I was born and raised in Italy, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences (Trieste University) and an MBA in SME Management and Administration (IULM University). Fascinated by Asia since a young age, I pursued a Master’s Degree in Asian Studies in Sweden (Lund University), following which I moved to the People’s Republic of China where I started my career in international development and cooperation. I lived about seven years in the Middle Kingdom and was based for shorter stints in Japan, Bhutan and Myanmar.

In the course of my professional and volunteering career, I have been managing and supporting projects across all of South, Southeast and East Asia. The only Asian countries I have not yet been able to set foot on, due to security reasons, are Afghanistan and Pakistan - hopefully this will change soon. ( And yes, I did make it to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea). Since 2018 I have been increasingly working with Central Asia, too.

While focusing on Asia, I have also been working with projects in the MENA Region, the Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Besides my native Italian, I am fluent in English and French with a good command of Chinese, German and Spanish.

I am currently based in Italy, in the vicinity of Venice, and travel regularly to project sites. 

What are my areas of expertise?

Over the course of my almost 20 yers of professional experience, I have been working in multiple functional areas, the main ones including:
•    Marketing and communications
•    Project management
•    Stakeholder engagement
•    Gender mainstreaming
•    Evaluation

What are my fields of expertise?

I have been working and volunteering in different countries and roles, at the nexus of two or more of the following thematic areas: 
•    Sustainability and Agenda2030
•    Environment, energy and climate
•    Women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship
•    Private sector development
•    Poverty alleviation


Whom have I worked with?

Here is a sample of the NGOs and International Organisations I have been working with:

Whom have I volunteered with?

The following are some of the organisations I have been or am volunteering with:

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