About me

My name is Simone, I come from Italy and I like describing myself as a traveler across global development, with a focus on agriculture and environment, via technology.

I have always been terribly inquiring, since I was a child. This is probably the reason why I have been roaming across Academia and Practice, and within both. At least this is how I explain my non-linear pathway from the Computer Science Department of the University of Milan, (where I graduated by focusing on ICT4D) to the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the same University (where I received a PhD by working on ICT applied to food security and climate change adaptation). And the same applies to my assignments with NGOs, international organizations and governmental institutions.

Should you want to know more about my work as a researcher and practitioner feel free to scroll down the page, or cut a long story short by checking out my visualized resume!

Research
Currently I am a Research Affiliate at Data Pop Alliance. I have been the Associate Director of the Steve Chan’s Center for Sensemaking at AIRS, anchored at the Swansea University and the Hawai’i Pacific University. I have been carrying out research with the Columbia University Center for International Conflict Resolution, the MIT International Development Initiative, the Università della Svizzera Italiana NewMinE Lab, and the University of Milan Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. My research spans from the application of ICT for Global Development (ICT4D), with a focus on agriculture and resilience-building, to environmental security issues in developing and emerging regions. You can have a look at my latest presentations on Slideshare, and here you can find most of my publications.

Practice
I have been working as a consultant for governmental and non-governmental institutions working in the area of Global Development in South and West Asia, the Caribbean Region, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
At the moment I am collaborating with the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations to strengthen family farming and resilience-building via ICT.


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@TimUnwin Many thanks Tim to keep us always sharp! Will investigate and get back to you 😉

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Dear phd student and postdoc working in AI, data science, HCI, data viz, data privacy, ethics and algorithms, 🤖 :… t.co/53Cb0r3HZv

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[Looking forward meeting you in Rome!] Here is some background on the winners at @FAO's #HackAgainstHunger challeng… t.co/GuIQMKYfMr

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The UN Secretary General in his Strategy on New Technologies identified two critical areas for disruption:… t.co/usaLQJyQHP

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Here is a chance to work with @UNCDF & @PulseLabJakarta in #Jakarta on #fintech! t.co/AvPNmZOmhP #ict4d