Who we are

Board of Directors

Jennifer Ann Hubber
President.
CEO of IPSOS Italy and Member of the Board of IPSOS SA. She has worked for Pirelli (Strategic Studies), then went on to deal with market research first in Nielsen, then in CRA. These experiences allowed her to acquire strategic skills in the development of international markets.
Marcello De Angelis.
VP and Secretary.
He has a long experience as a journalist specializing in international affairs. Former Senator and Italian MP, he has worked in the humanitarian aid sector for over 10 years. After collaborating with numerous NGOs, today he is the of Head of the Cabinet of the Italian Red Cross Presidency.
Valeria Fabbroni
Treasurer.
Head of the humanitarian program of the HELPCODE NGO in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, she previously worked for over 10 years as Head of Operations for FSD (Fondation Suisse de Déminage), gaining extensive experience in humanitarian operations and cooperation in many countries.
Arianna Calza Bini
Director General of GMAP - Gender and Mine Action Program - since 2009. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of humanitarian aid, human rights, gender violence and development cooperation. She holds an MPhil in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK.
Luigi Giannini
International law expert with extensive knowledge of African realities (Somalia, Angola, Congo Brazaville, among others), he is President of Federpesca, Italian federation of the fishing industry, through which he provides advice and legal support to shipowners and companies operating in fish industry.



Management

Federico Gallas
General Manager.
He has 20 years of experience in the field of international cooperation. He worked as a Project Manager and Head of Project Management Office at NGOs operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. Until 2017 he was Executive Director of an Italian NGO, where he has dealt with strategic planning and development. He is a lecturer in project design in crisis areas at the Catholic University of Milan.
Sylvia Gersbach
Head of Monitoring & Evaluation.
She has worked for over 20 years in the profit sector, overseeing operations, and account and product management. Wanting to bring the quality assessment from the profit world to the non- profit she holds a master's degree at the Catholic University of Milan where she got in touch with HOPE. She is in charge of ensuring the quality of the social impact of the interventions.
Francesco Cianciotta
Head of Communication and Fundraising.
Since the 80s he has worked in the marketing intelligence as an expert in the analysis and assessment of market potential in the international sector, for many companies and for the Politecnico di Milano.
He developed performance evaluation models for consulting firms and worked with NGOs in the field of communication and internal organization.
Alessandro Mancini
Humanitarian Demining Manager.
Expert in explosives and demining for over 15 years, with technical skills acquired in Italian Navy special forces.
Since 2006 he has worked in the humanitarian field in different crisis scenarios (Middle East and South America). Since 2014 he has managed the local offices of two NGOs in Colombia, accrediting there the first Italian NGO in the field of humanitarian demining.
Angela De Santis
External Senior Program Development Adviser.
She has over 15 years experience in managing projects in crisis areas. She was Regional Focal Point for GICHD (Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining) and Humanitarian Demining Consultant in Africa and Latin America. She holds a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing, Cartography and GIS, a master in international cooperation and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).



Thematic Units

Fabrizia Galvagno
Gender Based Violence Unit.

Based in Dakar, Fabrizia is a journalist and media activist specializing in awareness emancipation of discriminated vulnerable groups.
Since 2009 she has been Chief Editor and trainer at "DOCUSOUND. Storytelling for social change", an online platform for the production and distribution of radiodocumentaries for social change.
Nelly Osorio
Gender Based Violence Unit.

Lawyer, specialized in constitutional law. Sha has over twenty years experience in international humanitarian law and in issues related to the defense and protection of human rights.
She was an official of the Colombian public prosecutor in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as a cultural mediator in the Catatumbo region, fighting for the defense of human rights.