Rossella Miccio is a Humanitarian Coordinator for EMERGENCY, a role that requires diplomacy, conviction, and an ability to connect with people from all walks of life, and a variety of cultural backgrounds. In this capacity, she works with government officials in some of the most politically volatile regions in the world, securing land, resources, and manpower to provide top-notch medical care, free of cost, to the people who need it the most.
Rossella’s career with EMERGENCY began in 2000 when she was hired after completing an internship in the Milan office. It was the program in Afghanistan that had inspired her initial interest since, at that time, EMERGENCY was the only Italian NGO operating there. The challenges were daunting; suspicions ran high of foreigners in general and Westerners— as well as NGOs— in particular. EMERGENCY had taken specific steps to clearly demonstrate that it was not there for profit or political pursuits. Observing EMERGENCY’s process for earning credibility in communities and with government officials in Afghanistan would prepare Rossella for work to come.
As an undergraduate, Rossella studied political science, both in her native Italy and in Sweden. Before joining EMERGENCY, she completed a Masters degree in humanitarian assistance as part of a European Union-sponsored program. Rossella’s main interest in life and work has always been, to use her own words, what politics implies for the daily lives of people. Such an interest drives her current mission of building regional relationships in Africa to better enable EMERGENCY to do its life-saving work.
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