Eleonora is Prizes Impact and Learning Manager for the Centre, with a focus on International Development and the evaluation of prizes. She has worked with a range of partners, such as World Bank, USAID and Essex County Council, to provide consultancy services in evaluation and learnings, capacity development and the design of challenges. She is also exploring the impact of challenge prizes and developing new practical tools to assess their social value.
Prior to Nesta, Eleonora was a Project and Evaluation Manager at Human Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation supporting social innovation and social finance in Italy. She contributed to the launch and set up of the Foundation and she was responsible for the impact assessment and educational area. She also worked as a Project Officer at the Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (Europe) to coordinate an international programme in digital activism and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, which involved 21 countries.
Eleonora started her career as a journalist in Italy, UK, France, Brazil and Morocco, for various publications, including CNN international. Based on her experience then, she believes there is a constant need to create bridges across cultures, organizations and people, the public and the private sectors, to share learnings and find solutions.
Eleonora holds a First in Sociology (BSc) and a Distinction in a double MSc in Globalisation and Development from La Sapienza University, Rome and SOAS University, London; and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the London School of Journalism. She speaks French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
In her free time Eleonora is a freelance writer and she loves enjoying what London has to offer. She also plays the guitar and enjoys singing, but only when she is sure that nobody is listening.
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