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Our team

 
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Stefania

President

She’s tenacious, optimistic and curious.         
She was born in Rome and worked for 32 years among books and libraries at the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage. At the age of 56 she joined the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs following development cooperation projects in the cultural sector, until she became project manager for some Latin American and West African countries. And it's precisely in Africa where her heart has always been, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thank's to her personal skills she knows how to speak to people, to listen to them and to establish deep and sincere relationships. She can't stand injustice and indifference and she really believe that acting positively in our own personal "microcosm" can really change the world and improve the living conditions of many people. Stefania provides to Nina many years of experience and a high level of expertise.

For Stefania NINA is the chance to reduce poverty and pain.

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Bruno

Vice president

Born in Belluno, he is dynamic and stubborn, he is  an idealist and a dreamer. Bruno is a tree with two  main branches: the love for cooking  and the passion for social issues.  Born in the italian Alps he loves food in all its forms and shapes, he loves discovering new flavors and drinking a nice glass of wine in good company.

His deep love for nature and his constant striving in the "social issues world" led him to spend a year in the Amazon, in close contact with indigenous people.  And it is precisely there where he has defined his greatest dream: realize development projects strongly linked to gastronomy and rural development with the goal of enhancing the cultural identity of a land and its people.  Once back in Italy he finally obtains a master’s degree in "Management of Social Enterprises" at Univesity of Trento,but the call of the South American continent is always alive and never abandons him.

For Bruno  there is no such thing as a coincidence and for this reason, when the right astral conjunctions occurred, he understood that Nina had to be born. 

 Bruno thinks that NINA is a beautiful dream and a courageous life project.

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Sara M.

Project manager

She was born in Turin and she is empathic, proactive and a hopelessly optimistic dreamer.  She's really passionate about foreign languages and cultures. She graduated in Linguistic Mediation applied to International and Diplomatic Organizations at University of Padua and then she flew to London and got a Master dregree in Development Cooperation at SOAS University. 
After several different experiences  in international cooperation and solidarity projects, she felt the desire to "get her hands dirty" so she flew to Peru for a year as a White Helmet and then to Bolivia for another year as part of the Italian Civil Peace Corps.  

She definitively knows what she wants to do when she grows up: dedicate herself to others by vocation and not only as an "hobby". That’s exactly what she wants to dedicate her life to. She loves trekking and hiking, she hates singing and counting but she gladly spend time chatting and having fun with friends.
Sara believes that there is always a reason even in negative experiences: which take place, she believes, to bring us something good, to open new doors which wouldn't be open without having gone through them all.

 

Sara thinks Nina is the confirmation that everything happens for a reason, and Nina is a big dream coming true.

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Sara G.

Fundraising manager

Born in Rome with  some paintbrushes in her hand: she has always painted and used charcoals. After having attended Arts high school, she did several volunteer experiences abroad.

It is precisely during these experiences in Africa when a meeting with Father Alex Zanotelli convinced her to actively contribute to a cause. Since then she studied Political Science and after it she entered the world of international cooperation spending a year in South America as a Civil Peace Corps. She loves politics as much as art. 

She is thoughtful,  stubborn and a dreamer. She talks about her grandfather Marcello, a partisan, with great pride and deep emotion. And from his memory and some afternoons spent listening to her grandmother talking about the war, it comes her attachment to the idea of equality, which she has pursued with a deep political militancy over the years. 

Her favorite word is Tinkuy, which in Quechua means "union". If she were a color, she would be blue: like the sky and  the sea, freedom and strength.

Nina for Sara represents novelty, innovation and a response to her values.

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Simona

Operations Manager

Originally from Benevento, she does the job that is tempting – literally – to everyone: the chocolate maker! The passion for chocolate is so strong that Simona has managed to make it a profession.

Because chocolate, she says, is history, culture, social emancipation, respect for nature but also the discovery of a world that should not exist where the exploitation of children, women and the resources of nature are normal.

Simona is a dreamer, but always with her feet on the ground. The word she loves most is resilience and the one he hates most is selfishness. As for Goethe, also for Simona the audacity has genius, power, and magic. Start now.

For Simona, Nina is the opportunity to follow dreams and ideals with people who share her same values; a way to give voice to those who do not have it, to spread love and respect for nature and neighbor.

After all, we are only guests on this Earth: it is a mission for Simona to leave it to those who will come in the possible way.

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Clara

Editor

From Como, from the window she looks at the placid lake to calm his stormy mind. She attended classical high school with a specialization in Communication to indulge his emotions, then turned and attended the Academy of Fine Arts.

She became passionate about photography, video, digital communication. Writing comes naturally to her, and so she writes wherever she can, papers, notebooks, local newspapers, and blogs.

She loves doing manual things, picture books, her cats, surrounding herself with children, the mountains, cooking and singing: she started doing it before she started talking. Her idol is Pippi Longstocking.

She loves the word “Fluffy”, she hates injustices, the lack of rampant meritocracy, favoritism. She has recently but absolutely believed in friendship and people who have sincere eyes.

It is friendship that leads her to Nina; for Clara, Nina is the next thing to believe in. Like Battiato, she thinks that clouds cannot annihilate the sun.

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Giacomo

Operations Manager

From Ravenna, for the love of the Amazon after a year’s experience in Ecuador with the Civil Corps of Peace, he decided not to take the plane to return, and now his home is right there. He is thoughtful, dreamer, idealistic but also outspoken and with his feet firmly planted on the ground: a legacy from his ancestors, peasants from Romagna. Giacomo is also very silent, he speaks little and when he does, he has perfectly thought about what to say; even for this reason he is a great observer and an excellent listener. Herbalist, he loves nature, plants, and travel; his passion for travel and discovery led him to do various volunteer experiences even in complicated contexts such as Rwanda. In addition to plants, he loves music and strums the guitar.

For Giacomo, Nina is the natural evolution of her last experience as a Civil Corps in Ecuador, together with all the people who make it up, with their ideas, skills, and desire to do.

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Federica

Accounting and secretary Manager

From Rome, Federica is curious and direct, linear and has her feet firmly planted on the earth. Graduated in Languages with a historical focus, she taught for a while, first in Paris and then again on Italian soil. Then, she worked with her father in his accounting firm.

Federica hates injustices, arrogance and lies, she believes in friendship, sharing, welcoming and participation.

She does not like to draw, invent, or cook alone; on the other hand, she is very good at being the right arm, she can summarize and organize very well.

Federica is convinced that everyone’s freedom ends where that of others begins.

Federica came to Nina thanks to a strong and deep friendship. For her, Nina is above all a challenge.

Costanza

Responsabile della comunicazione

Nata a Roma sotto il segno dei pesci, Costanza è generosa, sensibile, estroversa, disordinata, melodrammatica..

Laureata in Scienze Politiche e Relazioni Internazionali, con specializzazione in Diritti Umani (che sono poi anche le due parole che ama di più), adora organizzare eventi, ascoltare le storie di chi ha qualcosa da raccontare, il cinema e la natura.
Costanza non sopporta le ingiustizie e la solitudine, ama il sorriso sincero delle persone, i carboidrati e, sopra ogni cosa, la famiglia e gli amici: senza di loro, faro nella notte, si sentirebbe persa.

Secondo Costanza, bisogna ricordare sempre di non fare agli altri quello che non vorresti facessero a te. 


Nina, per Costanza, è condivisione, con un gruppo con cui vivere gli stessi ideali, le stesse passioni, la stessa visione della Vita. L’Amicizia, con la A maiuscola, ha portato Costanza fino a Nina.