My Career

I have a long experience (12 years) in the private sector, holding positions of responsibility and developing managerial and marketing skills: during the last 9 years, he has been dedicated to international cooperation.

I hold a Bachelor in “Science for Peace: international cooperation and conflict transformation” at the University of Pisa, in 2012. I also hold Advanced studies in Geopolitics at SIOI in Rome, and in Social and Legal Sciences at UC3M. Currently, I am formalizing and improving my knowledge of the Latin American region through the International University Master of Contemporary Studies of Latin America of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in collaboration with the University of the Republic of Uruguay (UDELAR)

I have worked in various contexts of international cooperation in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Between 2013 and 2015, it has implemented, in the field, UN projects (UNHCR) in support of the refugee population in Ecuador.

I have collaborated as an expert in international cooperation, migration, human rights, indigenous people and issues related to Latin America and the Caribbean with several universities: University of Pisa (Italia), University of Roma “Tor Vergata”SIOI (Italian Association for the United Nations – UNA Italia) University of Padua,  University of Sonora (México), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Spain), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de MadridEscuela Diplomatica (Madrid),  Universidad Politécnica de Valencia UPV, IAEN – La Universidad de Posgrado del Estado (Ecuador),  Universidad Libre (Bogotá, Colombia), Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (El Salvador)  and the Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador

Currently, I’m a lecturer and academic researcher at the Institute of International and European Studies ” Francisco de Vitoria ” UC3M and director of the course of the international careers, that is realized each year in Rome in the context of the International Career Festival.

From July 2016 until September 2018 I have been the Academic Coordinator of the Máster de Acción Solidaria Internacional y de Inclusión Social (best master in Cooperation’s field in Spain, according to the ranking of El Mundo 2017 and 2018). I’m a member of the UC3M ‘s research group  “Globalization, integration processes, and international cooperation” and member of UC3M’s cooperation group “International Solidarity, Culture, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights “.

Since April 2017, I have been part of the mixed group of experts promoted by the “Francisco de Vitoria” Institute on “Venezuela’s situation and reconciliation perspective” . In this group, I do research on the Venezuelan migration phenomenon, realizing conferences and writing papers on this topic.  In this research context, I have developed a project published in Spain by El País, aimed to show the gender impact in the Venezuelan exodus: Mapa de las mujeres venezolanas migrantes y refugiadas muertas en el extranjero.

I have completed several specialization courses in emergency humanitarian intervention (Spanish Red Cross) communication for the No Profit sector (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna), evaluation of the quality of humanitarian aid (Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action – IECAH) and creation/management of cooperation projects for development.

Since 2017  I’m working as a teacher for the Italian platform, dedicated to the training of cooperation’s operators, ONG 2.0 (Turin – Italy) developing online conferences and courses.

Also, in 2017 I have started a collaboration, a teacher and advisor, with the International School of training / development of management skills in the No Profit sector, Social Change School (base Madrid, training centers: London, Milan, Rome, Bangkok) and since September 2018 I have assumed, in the same school,  the charge of International Director for Americas.

In 2018 I was selected and awarded a scholarship, as an expert on human rights in the Latin American regional context, to participate in the XXXVI interdisciplinary course on human rights carried out in Costa Rica by the IIHR and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights-IACHR.

I am a technical advisor, consultant, collaborator and writer on issues related to international cooperation and human rights for NGOs, enterprises and magazines, both Italian and foreign: Un Grano de Arena (Venezuela and the USA), WOTS Magazine (Turin, Italy), magazine – Tiempos de Paz – of the NGO Movimiento por la Paz – MPDL  (Madrid, Spain), educational dissemination magazine – Revista Innovamos (Madrid, Spain),  Thomson Reuters España (Spain),  Ediciones doctrina y ley (Colombia), Centro Gandhi (Italy), Centro Interdisciplinare Scienze per la Pace (Pisa, Italy) CEIB – Centro de Estudios de Iberoamérica URJC (Madrid, Spain), International Career Festival (Rome, Italy).

I have published and coordinated academic texts and I have been interviewed on different occasions by Italian and foreign press.  I am the author of the Blog “Civis Mundi – Diego Battistessa“, a communicative project focused on international cooperation and human rights, written in three languages and which already has 1 million visits. In November 2018 it was published by Graphofeel edizioni (Rome) my agile and updated guide for those wishing to enter the world of international cooperation. The project was created in collaboration with NGO 2.0 and Social Change School and is titled: Vorrei fare il cooperante: come trasformare un sogno in una professione. 

I have lived, worked or realized studies / academic research in Italy, Spain, India, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, USA, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Peru.

Moreover, I have cultivated an internationalist vocation and a particular curiosity towards the different cultures of the world and that is why, until today, I have traveled to 69 different countries.

“Fraternity is not a principle, It is a lifestyle”

Diego Battistessa