Class 11 (2012-2014)

Silvia Fontana, Italy

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Silvia holds a BA in Business Administration (Hons) from Bocconi University (Milan). She started her career working for the real estate company of Pirelli &C. as financial advisor. In 2010 she decided to leave the private sector, following her main interests: the international cooperation and social work. She volunteered in Armenia, in an educational center in Gyumri with Mission Enfance, a NGO whose aim is to help children in despair all over the world; subsequently, in 2011, she began working for Doctors Without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a project administrator in Gety, village in the red (unsecured) zone of the North Kivu. She worked with DWB until June 2012 as Human Resources and Administration Coordinator for the entire mission in the DRC, one of the most difficult missions for DWB, with more than 400 staff. This strong experience gave her the chance to improve her HR management competences and leadership skills in emergency situations. During her time in the MIDP program she plans to deepen her knowledge on development and economic issues and then work in the field of sustainable development. After her studies, she intends to join one of the international organizations to become a professional in the field of international development, promoting cooperation among people.

Applied Field Experience

IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain