Maria Sangiuliano

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Dr. Maria Sangiuliano PHD
Research Director and CEO, Smart Venice
Research Director and CEO, Smart Venice


Country / Countries of Residence: Italy

Professional Background

Working Experience

I hold a PhD in Cognitive and learning sciences and a Bachelor in Philosophy and Social Sciences and I have cooperated with universities and research centres in Italy as well as international consultancies and agencies in Italy and abroad.

Working experience in Gender Equality since:  2000

Professional Position / Role

Researcher / Scolar

Area of Expertise

Facilitation expertise
Topical expertise

Sectors of Work Experience

Universities and Higher Education Sector
Research Funding Organisations
Private Sector
Civil Society

Scientific Background

I am a senior Gender & Innovation researcher and project manager with 15 years+ experience in EU funded projects. My research and work is located at the intersections between social and technological innovation to make innovation policies and processes more sustainable and inclusive through diversity sensitive co-design and participatory design methods.
I have a strong focus on how learning processes can facilitate dealing with complexity both at the organizational and inter-organizational level in digital societies, and I am an experienced learning/training designer and trainer myself.
I have been designing, coordinating and implementing EU projects since the year 2002 (Equal I and II Phase multistakeholders partnerships as well as Interreg III and IV C, FP7, H2020), and have contributed as Board Member to several EU level NGOs active on women's/gender issues, and collaborated with women's organization globally. I have substantial experience in service design at the city and metropolitan city level, as well as in cultural events and conferences management.
I have been active member of the GenderSTE COST Network (Urban studies Working Group) from 2015-2017 and I am a vetted gender expert at UNDP Europe.

Additional Information

Online Visibility


Twitter ID: @merysan

Availability for Trainings

Availability for Training Formats ONLINE

Training Session (duration: half day up to two days)
Training Programme (duration: a week and more)

Speaker in a webinar (duration: up to half day)

Availability for Training Formats IN-PERSON

Training ession (duration: half day up to two days)
Training Programme (duration: a week and more)

Willing to travel abroad for trainings: yes

Target Groups

Communication staff
Gender Equality activists / promoters
Gender Equality change agents
Gender Equality researchers / scholars
Staff in charge of research planning and coordination / support to research projects
Team members of Gender Equality committees and / or working groups

Training Content Types

Gender+: Basic definitions and concepts
Gender Equality Plan: Introduction
Gender Equality Plan: Design and implementation
Gender Equality Plan: Monitoring and evaluation
Gender Equality Plan: Supporting change agents
Gender bias in recruitment, promotion and career management
Gender Equality in organisational culture and work-life balance
Sex and gender dimension in research content
Gender dimension in curricula and teaching
Gender sensitive and inclusive communication

Training Languages



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