Ornella Orlandoni attended university in France and Great Britain, and graduated cum laude in Italy. She obtained a second university degree and a Master’s in Business Administration in Belgium. At the beginning of her career, she worked for various Italian press agencies and famous fashion houses to bring their collections to an international audience. Having passed open competitive exams at both Italian and European level, she worked as director of Italian Cultural Institutes in Belgium, France and Germany, and as coordinator for cultural, scientific and technological cooperation at the General Direction of the Americas and at the General Direction for Global Affairs in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. She also collaborated with multinational companies on strategic communications and with the European Commission on the Italian edition of Euroforum Review. She taught Italian language and literature at the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven; and taught at the University of Rome La Sapienza in Communication Sciences and at the University of Rome Tre in the European Citizenship and Euro-Mediterranean Integration Master’s programme. Ornella has also acted as a special advisor in technological innovation for environment to the European Commission, and as a member of the Board of the European College of Bruges and of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Club. She has spoken at international workshops and conferences, and has also been a member of selection boards for public competitions and film festivals. She designed and promoted many seminars, art exhibitions, film festivals and retrospectives, and concerts across Europe, as well as editing art catalogues, essays and books related to these cultural events. She has successfully negotiated cultural, scientific and technological agreements and protocols of inter university cooperation, and written country analysis reports and papers on the Americas and African countries, as well as the Italian position for the first UE-CELAC summit. In addition, she has written many articles and essays for Italian and European reviews on the internationalization of Italian cultural heritage and cinema; on new economics; on cultural, scientific, technological innovation; on blue growth; and on international affairs, focusing on Italy, Europe, and transatlantic and Latin American relations. She has also collaborated with several European reviews, publishers and TV networks on special editions related to the celebration of cultural anniversaries in Italy and Europe. In the political sphere, she has written reform bills to make bicameral and regional systems more efficient and less costly. Currently, Ornella is a member of several cultural and ecological associations. In 2013, she co-founded ACTiWE Consultants which provides services for the development of economic, industrial and cultural relations between Europe and the Americas. In 2014, she created an innovative start-up, La Costellazione O.R.S.O Ltd, a broadcast media communications company for the production, promotion and distribution of innovative social or cultural projects, e.g. Smart-City-Farm-House and MaterArcadiaProxima, services, goods, documentary films and e-learning programmes covering culture, the circular economy, social inclusion, empowering people, sustainable tourism and connecting people and territories. In 2015 she has become member of the B@B Platform, created by the European Commission, which joins the principal European firms working to protect and to enhance the environment and the biodiversity in their business. From 2016 she is developing public and private partnerships, alliances, projects and networks to make profitable cultural and social enterprises and to attract investments for setting up community capacity building programmes.
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