is a gender adviser, specialized in the design, monitoring and evaluation of gender-related projects and programmes. Her areas of expertise include women’s economic empowerment, labour migration, gender-based violence, particularly trafficking, and public health information. She brings 20 years of professional experience at the headquarters and field offices of several UN agencies (UNIDO, UNIFEM, ILO, WHO) and international NGOs (1% for Development Fund, China-Europa Forum) where she has worked as project manager, evaluator, workshop facilitator, researcher and writer. Her geographical areas of expertise include South and East Asia, West Africa and the Russian Federation. Mariarosaria holds an advanced degree in Asian Studies (international relations and development) from the University of Geneva, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland).