I work as development economist for UNV/UNDP by the Government of Yap, Micronesia.I am currently also finalizing my dissertation of a Master of Arts in Conflict Reconstruction and Human Security at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the The Hague. My research topic is "The politics of the post-genocide body in Cambodia: disability and reconstruction". While completing my MA I also contributed part time to projects on Historical Justice and Human Rights promoted by the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) in the Middle East. More specifically, I contributed to prepare material to facilitate meeting of Israeli and Palestinians historians, anthropologists and academics participating in the project “Zoom In Palestinian Refugees of 1948, Remembrances”.
Before starting the MA, I had experience in education and in using community photography as an informal education and volunteerism tool in another country of South East Asia. In fact, before joining ISS, I was based in Bangkok as consultant for UNESCO. I moved to Thailand in 2009 as UNV Project Coordinator on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) thematic issues, helping to introduce development topics into teacher training and secondary school’s curricula. The aim of the ESD project was to develop curricula to be used by teacher’s trainers to introduce ESD topics into secondary schools. Part of the project was also the organization of regional seminars for teachers and teacher’s trainers during which I facilitated and coordinated the educational meetings and trainings. While working at UNESCO, I also designed and developed a UNV volunteer project titled “At first sight” in cooperation with UNESCO Bangkok, the International Movement ATD Fourth World, the Friends of ATD Foundation and Thai Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The project allowed me to develop and implement a Community Photography methodology in a marginalized Bangkok community maintaining a strong connection with grass-root contexts, although I was based in a UN Regional Bureau. Currently the community is working on environmental improvements through a participatory approach having won an environmental competition promoted by UNV (IVD 2009). Thanks to a good public relation management to build up awareness about the importance of volunteering as a vehicle of social cohesion, the project has also been selected for the Outstanding Volunteer Award 2009 promoted by the Thai Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, National Commission on Social Welfare. To make this project possible I advocated for volunteerism by different institutions and I motivated, recruited, trained and managed volunteers having different backgrounds.