I work for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the Regional Project Specialist for Central and Eastern Europe, CIS, Arab and Southern Africa countries of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. Our project promotes the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. I am based at the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub and I support the implementation of operational and technical activities in Albania, Belarus, Botswana, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and South Africa.
Previously, I have served for two years as a Legal Officer in the Traditional Knowledge Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva. I was also Lecturer and Coordinator of the course “Biodiversity Law and Policies” at the Paris School of International Affairs and Research Fellow on International Governance of Biodiversity at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris. In 2014, I acted as Senior Advisor to the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, and as a negotiator for the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
I taught Public International Law at SciencesPo in 2011 and 2012, and I was the Scientific Coordinator of the Conference “Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge: How can they be protected?” hosted by the Bibliothèque national de France in 2013. I have worked, published, and undertaken academic research on intellectual property (IP), international law, biodiversity governance, innovation policies and their respective role in sustainable development. I am trained as a lawyer and I holds a Degree in Law from the University of Milan and a Master’s Degree in Advanced International Legal Studies from the University of Verona. In January 2010, I was awarded a Ph.D. Queen Mary University of London. My Ph.D. focused on “IP & Environmental Protection of Crop Biodiversity under International Law”.