Curriculum Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

Work Experience

Jun 2014 – Present

Freelance Journalist

Freelance Journalist based in Beirut

Journalist for Italy’s leading national newspaper Corriere della Sera and for the Brussels-based EU Observer (both as freelance) and for the TGCOM24.

Jun 2013 – Jun 2014

Communication officer @Gaza

The United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA)

  • Chief editor for the Weekly report from Gaza.
  • Drafting of press releases, speeches, MEMOs.
  • Coordination and oversight of internal communication for the Gaza field office (communication strategy, written material and internal website portal).
  • Production of short videos (for UNICEF) on the effects of the energy crisis in Gaza.
  • Liaison point for relations with UNRWA offices in Brussels and responsible for developing outreach efforts for campaigns in the European Union.
  • Coordination and development of advocacy projects with the Public Information Office in Gaza and the Agency’s country offices in Europe.
  • Responsible for advocacy with the EU and GCC donors.
  • Coordination with the video production for the Gaza Satellite UNRWA channel and visibility campaigns.

Oct 2012 – Jun 2013

Mediterranean Fellow for the MENA region

Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA)

  • Drafting field-based research papers and reports on issues related to security in the Sahel.
  • Identifying new topics for research proposals.
  • Advocacy and relationship-building with governments, institutions and NGOs in the MENA region.

Oct 2012 – Jun 2013

Freelance Journalist

Freelance Journalist reporting from the Middle East/North Africa

  • Freelance journalist specializing on the Middle East/North Africa reporting from Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan.
  • Filed reports and stories on:
    • Human rights violations in Syria, human rights violations in Gaza, human rights violations of the Saharawi
    • Ield interviews and research on kidnapping case of NGO worker in Algeria
    • Interviews with leading Lebanese politicians
    • Arms trade show in Jordan (Sofex)
    • Security in the Sahel
    • NATO in Iraq

Education

2000 – 2001

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

MSc, Economics and Economic History

1998

Università degli studi di Cagliari

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Languages

English

Native

Italian

Native

French

Full professional efficiency

Spanish

Full professional efficiency

Arab

Elementary level