Ms. Piffanelli brings more than 20 years of experience with the United Nations, academia and the private sector. Before joining the UN Information Center in Washington, she was part of the team investigating those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Previously, she managed the work of the UN Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund in Sierra Leone, both out of New York and Freetown. She served as the Special Assistant to the UN Deputy Secretary-General and in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General under Secretaries-General Ban Ki-Moon and Kofi Annan. She also held positions in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in the areas of development and gender equality.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Piffanelli served as a consultant for the UNDP Bureau for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and for UNDP Lebanon. Prior to her work with international organizations, she worked as a junior fund manager in Italy. She holds a PhD in Economics from New York University and a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Bologna, Italy. She speaks English, Italian and French and has some knowledge of Spanish. She is an Italian citizen.
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