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Gender Academy

A global event on gender, work and development

13 – 24 November 2017 Turin, Italy

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The 2017 Gender Academy Team of the ITC-ILO International Labour Standard, Rights at Work and Gender Equality Programme (ILSGEN)


Benedetta Magri-Short, Manager of the Gender Academy.
Benedetta has worked at ITCILO as an expert in training and capacity building for gender equality in the world of work for some 20 years.  She has managed many large-scale capacity building projects – at international and EU level - and authored toolkits and training materials on this topic. She has particular experience in gender mainstreaming and RBM in development cooperation, participatory gender audits and non-discrimination, and equality at the workplace. Most recently, she has been particularly interested in gender issues in scientific research environments. She believes in the power of participation and collective knowledge generation for social change. A mother of three, she has an academic background in Ethics and Oriental Studies.

Johanne Lortie, Gender Academy co-manager. She is in charge of overall pedagogical and technical design.
Johanne's interest in social justice goes way back. While doing a Master’s degree in sociology in Ottawa, she coordinated the Ontario Public Interest Research Group on environmental and social justice issues.   She then worked as a consultant for many NGOs on gender equality, and as a programme officer for research institutions. Johanne designs and runs training activities that build up ILO constituents’ capacity to deal with gender issues. She runs courses in Turin, in the regions and online. Johanne is also an expert on knowledge sharing facilitation.

Claudia Callegari is in charge of the coordination of the Spanish-speaking activities of the Academy.
With a degree in Political Sciences, specialization in international politics, Claudia worked in private and public sector in managing international projects, economic promotion events and training programmes with Latin America. Claudia jointed the Centre in 2000 for designing, planning, implementing and evaluating European projects. In 2004, she obtained a Masters in Distance Learning at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy)/London University (UK). Her professional experience focuses on issues related to local/business development and gender. She is Argentinean and joined the Gender team in February 2017.


Claudia Fuggiaschi, responsible for the Gender Academy Resource Persons Secretariat and overall administrative assistance. 
Claudia has a background as an interpreter and translator, and works in English, French, Spanish and Italian. She joined the International Training Centre of the ILO in 1997 where she has gained her broad experience as an administrative assistant in training activities and large-scale projects. She is mother of two beautiful children!

Gloria Filippi has been working, as a free-lance, at ITCILO for the last 11 years.
She has more than 20 years’ experience in logistic and events, mainly in France, Spain and Italy.
She speaks fluently, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian is her mother tongue.
During this Academy she will take care of the logistic and the participants from the ITCILO office, in Turin.


Lisa Leyssens is a learning & technology and communications specialist. She has worked with 10+ UN and European organizations across Asia and Europe. Her biggest professional passions are gender equality, sustainable environment, and innovation in education. She is excited to contribute to the Gender Academy 2017 and to enable participants to learn and share knowledge among each other.


Tiphanie Baills is in charge of the management of training materials for the Gender Academy. She is also the co-learning advisor regarding course selections. Having recently graduated with a Master degree from the ITCILO in Management for development, Tiphanie is now an intern for the Gender Academy. Being French and Finnish, Tiphanie is fluent in English, French, and Finnish and speaks Italian at a medium level. 

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