Pedagogue with specialization in cultural anthropology and rural sociology. Italian, with more than 30 years of residence in Bolivia, she has worked for decades in Latin America, building bridges with Europe. She has led NGOs and has been a public authority in areas of rural development, gender and environment. She coordinated the Territorial Development Program with Cultural Identity for 12 years, being the main researcher at Rimisp-Latin American Center for Rural Development.
She has developed studies on issues related to agroecological scaling, networks and sustainability, territorial development, empowerment of rural women, strategies for valorization and management of cultural heritage and biodiversity. She has extensive experience in advisory services in these areas, collaborating with national and international agencies, an activity she continues to this day, especially with regard to independent external evaluation of projects, programs and country and regional strategies.
She is currently the general coordinator of the Biocultural Diversity and Territories Platform (https://diversity-development.com/es/plataforma/), from where the international meeting and dialogue space Juntanza (https://diversity-development.com/es/juntanza/) was created – among other initiatives. She is a guest lecturer at European and Latin American universities. She was the scientific manager for the French entity Diversity & Development, partner of the SUS-TER project (https://www.suster.org/), Erasmus+ (Capacity Building) co-financed by the European Union. Within these frameworks, in recent years she has worked on inclusive development systems, which influence new university curricula and new training methods, more committed and effective according to territorial transformations and the role of local actors.