Silvia is a senior executive and advisor with over fifteen years of experience in the formulation, delivery and evaluation of innovative interventions aimed at protecting individuals' human rights and at promoting the empowerment of marginalized communities. She has experience in the fields of disability inclusion, learning and development, health systems strengthening and livelihood and has worked alongside civil society organisations, local authorities and the private sector across numerous countries, including Brazil, India, Italy, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and the UK.
Former Director of AIFO office in Liberia, Silvia led the organisation to be recognised as a significant player in the Disability Inclusion arena in the country, granting a range of new partners and funding opportunities to AIFO, including the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) funded Coordinated Action on Disability in Liberia (CAD-L). This large intervention, implemented in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and national actors, promotes a nation-wide campaign on disability inclusion, policy review, social dialogue and training opportunities to employers in the private and public sector, as well as enhanced access to economic opportunities for persons with disabilities in employment and self-employment.
Silvia also provides mentoring and coaching services to AIFO Liberia staff and national partners and closely engages with teams and individuals offering problem-solving support, and facilitating decision-making and consensus-building as part of a team. She is an experienced trainer, volunteer manager and public speaker and has conducted capacity building and participatory design workshops and trainings, adopting innovative approaches and methodologies. At Victim Support, for example, she contributed designing the content of learning and eLearning material targeting over 7,000 volunteers on various themes, including supporting victims of homicide, hate crime and fraud.
Silvia graduated in Culture and Human Rights from the University of Bologna (Italy) and holds a MSc in Development Administration and Planning from UCL, London (UK).