Simona Costanzo Sow
Within the Knowledge Centre Simona focuses on integrating social inclusion, environmental sustainability and economic development in policy discourse and development practice. Previously she served as Manager of two corporate priority initiatives of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, focusing on strengthening civic engagement in support of the 2030 Agenda. Simona has also served for eight years as Director of CCIVS, a global coordinating body for international voluntary service based at UNESCO Headquarters. Over the past years she has worked on issues related to policy advice and advocacy. Simona has extensive experience in partnership building and networking in the intergovernmental sphere, as well as with civil society, academia and the private sector and a track record in capacity-building, non-formal education, learning and training with different institutions including the British Council and the Council of Europe. Simona holds a PhD in Human Geography from the Technical University of Munich, focusing on international migration as well as a Master in International Cultural and Business Studies.