Anna Lodeserto is an experienced trainer, project manager, policy expert, and professional facilitator with a special interest and expertise in the social inclusion of migrants and marginalised groups (especially young people in NEET situations), multiculturalism, and new technologies.
She is currently providing training, coaching and project managing expert advice to NGOs, local authorities, university and public/private schools on the EU programmes “Erasmus+” and “Europe for Citizens” for the period 2014-2020 focusing on the design and implementation of training opportunities for young people and migrants, especially disadvantaged youth, the involvement of civil society in European policy-making and the democratic civic engagement of the general public in the processes of European integration specifically targeting voluntary sector organisations, youth workers, school leaders and teachers. She is also serving as External Expert for the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission – DG EAC and as Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) Ambassador for the Italian Erasmus+ National Agency, after having ideated, coordinated and managed several transnational projects since 2009.
Over the past ten years, she intensively worked on social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, global active citizenship, the defence of migrants’ rights and the free movement of citizens being involved in a number of grassroots initiatives focused on citizen participation as well as institutional processes interacting at the transnational level. She has worked with policy dialogue, social justice, cross-border cooperation and capacity development tools and programmes since the mid-2000s serving as an expert for European networks, NGOs, universities and international organisations and working at the intersection of education, media and policy.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Peacekeeping and Security Studies, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, with a specialisation in Development Politics. She also studied International Political Economy, Development Cooperation and Project Management at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Cantabria in Northern Spain and holds a “Planning and Management of European Funded Projects” certification issued by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), part of the City and Guilds Group of London Institute.
She has also attended, promoted and organised several formal and non-formal education activities as it relates to international youth work, project management, citizenship education and Euro-Mediterranean dialogue. She has leadership experience in a number of transnational organisations and has academic background and professional experience of education programmes and dialogue initiatives between European universities and their partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America.