Andrea Pastorelli obtained his undergraduate degree in Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and his Masters degree in International Development at Kings College, London. Before returning to Italy in 2016, Andrea worked internationally for a number of international organisations where he started new programs and initiatives at country, regional and global levels.

He started his career as an intern at the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York, where he supported the development of HIV and health programmes in East Africa and then joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where he worked in the Bureau for Development Policy at New York Headquarters. There, he designed and managed the Red Ribbon Award, an international initiative aimed at recognising and funding grassroots community organisations working on HIV and human rights issues around the world.

Andrea also worked in Dakar, Senegal, in the UNDP regional office in West Africa developing new initiatives on governance and coordination and in Beijing, China, where he oversaw UNDP’s Poverty, Equity and Governance team.

While in China, Andrea expanded the work of UNDP in new areas, including access to justice, gender and LGBT, and the development dimensions of smoking and tobacco control, in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Most recently, Andrea worked for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, in Rome, Italy, managing two EU-funded regional programmes focusing on socio-economic integration of migrants in Europe and supporting the Italian government in developing its first National Plan for the Integration of Refugees and International Protection Holders.