Patrizia is accountable for enhancing strategic partnerships between the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti and key Italian government authorities, the media, Italian Natcom, Italian-based academia and other partners to maximize visibility and uptake of knowledge and evidence products from the Office. She supports communication and convening functions, including linkages with key local media houses and academic institutions.
A social philosopher by training, and a journalist by profession, Patrizia has an extensive experience in communication and advocacy. During her 30 years’ career in UNICEF Patrizia has held several responsibilities in research communication and dissemination, media relations, advocacy, events and external relations, contributing to the launches of our main flagship publications, developing innovative web tools, and managing the relationship with our Italian counterparts on several occasions, including the organization of international events and the negotiations for the new premises.
She writes articles and blogs for the Innocenti website and has also conceived and managed the project of two Innocenti Insights: The Challenges of Climate Change - Children on the frontline and Children, ICT and Development: Capturing the potential, meeting the challenges, as well as of the publication For every child answers: 30 years of research for children at UNICEF Innocenti.
Before joining UNICEF, Patrizia was a teacher, a translator and a free-lance journalist writing for the Italian newspaper Paese sera and the weekly magazine Bell’Italia. She holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Florence and a Certificate in Children’s Rights from the University of Ghent. She holds the title of journalist from the Italian National Register of Journalists, and a certificate of Documentalist librarian from the Tuscany Region.