ASAP Italia was launched at LUISS University, Rome in May 2014. The newborn Chapter will work in coordination with other European Chapters to raise awareness on global institutional reforms aimed at reducing global poverty among Italian academic, political and business organizations. Our main area of interest is global health, and we will work to advertise the Health Impact Fund proposal. At the same time, we will engage in outreach activities, in order to develop a debate on the main ASAP’s fields of action at national level.
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Mario Ascolese is currently working as a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission, DG Trade. In the past, he worked as an analyst at Citibank M&A team in Milan. In 2013, Mario spent a semester at Yale as a Visiting Researcher at the “Global Justice Program”, working on intellectual property rights and international trade policy issues. After that, he spent a period in Geneva, at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the World Trade Organization and UNCTAD, where he followed the negotiations for the WTO Bali Agreement. More recently, Mario worked in the Marketing Department of one of Rocket Internet’s e-commerce ventures, ZALORA Malaysia. During his university career, he had chance to study and work for short periods in China (Chongqing University), India and the UK (LSE). In Italy, he managed his university’s Alumni Humanitarian Project, promoting fund-raising and volunteering activities in India, Kenya, Peru and Ecuador. Mario holds a BA in Economics and Management, a MSc in Finance at University of Pisa and a Diploma in Economic Sciences at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
Maria Ginevra Cattaneo holds a PhD in Law and New Technologies at Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, where she focuses her interests in philosophy, international law and intellectual property rights. Her dissertation analysed human rights and health rights, with specific reference to access to drugs as a global justice problem. Maria Ginevra is also collaborating with Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali “Guido Carli”. In 2013 she was a Visiting Assistant in Research at Prof. Thomas Pogge’s Global Justice Program, at Yale University. From 2010 to 2013 Maria Ginevra worked as trainee lawyer in major Italian law firms, in particular in the departments of life sciences, intellectual property law and litigation. In 2010 she graduated in Law at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.
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