I have always counted “professional satisfaction” in my core values. Hence, after a Master in environmental economics, in 2004 I moved to Washington D.C.to work for the World Bank, an international development organization. During the following five years, I completed my PhD in Sustainable Development and worked on water resources management and climate change. I led research projects, provided technical assistance, created guidelines and trainings for my colleagues working in developing countries. During these exciting years, I developed project management, communication and teaching skills.
In 2009, my husband and I decided, for family reasons, to return to Europe. After a couple of years in Italy, in 2011 we landed in Switzerland. I worked for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, near Genève, for about two years. I was part of the Steering Committee of the “Ecosystem and Livelihood Adaptation Network (ELAN)”, an international network of climate change professionals. When my colleagues and I met to discuss our strategy and action plans, we were able to generate many ideas and transform the best ones into concrete, successful projects. Thanks to this experience, I learnt about the power of brainstorming, compared to taking decisions on your own.