Bio-anthropologist (DPhil, Oxford) with more than 15 years of professional experience in managing international projects on scientific-technical cooperation, sustainable development, and inequalities.
Dr Spini has held several positions in the United Nations System (UNESCO, FAO, and United Nations University [UNU]) and in international NGOs towards delivering scientific projects and programmes, including the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), the interagency programme FAO-WMO-UNEP-UNESCO-ICSU Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS), and the Earth System Science Partnership’s Project on Global Environmental Change and Human Health (GECHH). She has coordinated the global networks of Academies of Sciences and Medicine (IAP/IAMP) and managed capacity building activities for scientists in developing countries within The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) of UNESCO. She has been a Member of the Programme Board of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) (2017-2018) and she is currently member of the Working Group on Gender Equality of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS). Throughout her career she has participated in negotiations within multilateral agreements (e.g., Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, World Heritage Convention, and Convention on Biological Diversity) and major sustainability policy frameworks (e.g., 2030 Agenda).
Dr Spini has also been a Giorgio Ruffolo Mid-Career Research Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University, USA) and Young Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance (European University Institute, Italy), Adjunct Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Waterloo (Canada) as well as Adjunct Professor at the School of Geography and Earth Sciences of McMaster University (Canada).
She serves on the editorial boards of the following scientific journals: UCL Open Environment (UCL Press), International Journal of Anthropology (Pontecorboli Press), Human Evolution (Pontecorboli Press), and QCR (Pacini Editori). She has authored several publications, including the recent book “Of Scatterlings and Stakeholders: diversity, inclusion and transnational governance for sustainable development” (Angelo Pontecorboli Editore, 2020).
Dr Spini holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Honors in Anthropology from New York University (USA), a Laurea-degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Florence, a Master of Science (MSc) in Human Biology and a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Biological Anthropology, both awarded from the University of Oxford (UK).