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.

In parallel with her activity as co-founder and CEO of SmartVenice srl since 2014, Maria is also currently and from 2016 a research fellow at Ca’ Foscari University (Department of Computer Sciences) as the senior gender researcher in charge of supporting 7 Research Organizations in conducting internal gender audits and co-design their Gender Equality Plans on the EQUAL-IST H2020 project. In the same framework she is coordinating 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 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 consultant on communications in 2012 when she has coordinated the communication campaigns and multimedia tools production.  Prior to this, Maria has been short term consultant for EIGE (European Institute of Gender Equality) and Yellow Window and 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 labour 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 a 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 programmes.


IMG_5891      Marzia Cescon, Assistant EU and Project Manager

Marzia is a young and dynamic professional who recently joined Smart Venice after already three years as a Junior EU Project Officer at the Veneto Regional Administration. 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 the 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 she has contributed to 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. 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.

foto cristinaCristina Memo, Assistant Projects and Financial Officer

Cristina is specialized in administrative and financial support to projects and business operations in international contexts. She worked for 10 years in Madrid supporting business management in different well established companies and start-ups. When working in an ICT startup in Spain she started her cooperation to EU funded Projects and had the opportunity to continue with this when relocating back to Italy as Financial Officer within FP7 and H2020 projects at the San Camillo Foundation. Capitalizing on her higher education background in the Humanities and Linguistic studies, Cristina interprets administrative and management support tasks with a strong focus on process management, problem solving and facilitating communications. She speaks fluently English and Spanish and has intermediate skills in Arabic. She has also attended several training courses on on line istructional design and e-learning, as well as on gender equalities and equal opportunity.