mariabisMaria Sangiuliano, co-founder and CEO

Maria is a senior gender expert, researcher and project manager with 17 years’ experience in designing and executing EU funded projects focused on mainstreaming gender particularly in the areas of innovation policies, employment and education, with a focus on intersectionality and multicultural integration.

She holds a PhD in Cognitive and Learning Studies, a Master Degree in Migration Studies and a Master in Training Policies and Methodologies (all dissertations on gender related subjects) and her education has been complemented with a Summer School at Central European University on Feminist Intersectionality and a Training Course at ILO (International Labor Organization) on Gender Audit Methodology.

From 2016 to July 2019 she has been a Senior Research Fellow at Ca’ Foscari University (Department of Computer Sciences) in charge of implementing the EQUAL-IST H2020 project supporting 7 Research Organizations in conducting internal gender audits and co-design their Gender Equality Plans. In the same framework, she has coordinated face to face and mutual learning sessions among partners as well as a webinar series on implementing structural change for gender equality in ICT-IST institutions.

Very active in EU level networking and knowledge sharing activities, she has been leading the Action Cluster on Citizen Engagement at the EIP European Innovation Partnership Smart Cities and Communities since 2014 until today. Maria is in this framework in charge of designing and promoting a webinars’ series with the organizational support of the EIP management team, as well as EU level workshops and policy outreach activities and events on inclusive smart cities and communities.

Maria been employed at ECWT (European Centre for Women and Technology) as Senior Project Manager and Researcher between 2014 and 2016 where she coordinated gender mainstreaming actions within the SeiSMiC FP7 Project on social innovation in cities, as well as the H2020 WeHubs project research actions on engendering digital start-ups ecosystems, delivering surveys and toolkits for incubators and accelerators to enable them to integrate a gender approach in their operations and services. For ECWT she has also been a consultant on communications in 2012 when she has coordinated communication campaigns and multimedia tools production.   Maria has been consulted for EIGE (European Institute of Gender Equality) and Yellow Window and was a researcher for Universidad Complutense de Madrid within the QUING Project. From 2002 to 2010 she has been director of the Women’s Resource Centre for the Province of Venice, where she has led several EU funded projects (Interreg, ESF- EQUAL funds) and set up local and regional networks of support services for women in the labor market and raising the awareness of girls and boys on gender stereotypes through peer education, teachers’ training and the production of a multimedia cd-rom on gender stereotypes for teenagers. Maria has co-edited a book on Gender in Education with national and international contributors and has published many technical and scientific project deliverables as well as chapters and articles on gender issues in national and international journals and on-line magazines.


calogeroCalogero Lo Giudice, co-founder, communications and financial manager 

Calogero has a degree in Economics of Tourism Management at Ca’ Foscari University and an MA in Project Management at the University of Padua. He has extensive experience in communications and events organizations, being the founder and CEO of two cooperatives between 1990-2007 organizing festivals, exhibitions, and events for local authorities in the Veneto, Puglia and Sicily Regions and through international collaborations with Ministries of Culture and Foundations in Hungary and Romania. With Maria Sangiuliano in 2007 he co-lead the production of multimedia digital tools to contrast gender stereotypes targeting upper secondary schools’ students within the ESF- EQUAL PONTI project. From 2007- 2013 he has been working at the City of Venice Government as head of the Secretariat of the Councilor for Cultural and Environmental Affairs, coordinating multiannual programs.


IMG_5891      Marzia Cescon, EU Project Manager & Researcher

Marzia is a young and dynamic professional who after joining Smart Venice one year ago has contributed to the implementation of all ongoing projects and in drafting new proposals as well. She is also in charge of financial reporting of EU projects. Prior to this,  Marzia had already been for three years a Junior EU Project Officer at the Veneto Regional Administration where she has worked on a wide array of EU funded projects mainly focused on SMEs, sustainable development and tourism. Her tasks included project management and financial reporting, communication and stakeholders’ engagement activities as well as support to research. She holds a Master Degree in Business Administration as well as a Master Diploma in Global economics and social affairs at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice in partnership with the International Labour Organization, where she graduated with honors. After graduation, Marzia spent some months in Brussels working for the European Delegation of Unioncamere del Veneto, where she got familiar with the European context. At the Veneto Region as Junior Project Officer Marzia is also active in the third sector with an NGO promoting raising awareness activities, such as events and festivals, on global economic, social and environmental issues. She is also volunteer teaching Italian to refugees. Her main research field of interest is the one connected to socio-political issues, inequalities, and intercultural integration.

 Natasha  Natasha Sega, Junior Projects manager & researcher

Natasha is a curious and motivated person with a strong passion for sustainable development issues. She holds a bachelor degree in philosophy and a master degree in Local Development at the University of Padova. She spent her Erasmus study-period in the Radboud University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) where she started to study in gender theories and sustainability issues. This interest brought her to enroll in  Local Development, a master degree course with a focus on EU projects life-cycle. During her master, she spent 5 months in Croatia as an intern among an NGO specialized in projects on sustainable tourism and local development. After her graduation, she spent 5 months of internship in the Veneto Region, in the tourism office. She has then started to be part of the team of Smart Venice before as an intern and currently as a Junior Project and Research Manager.