SECRETARIAT

Fabrizio Bitetto

Fabrizio Bitetto

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Fabrizio Bitetto has been Chief Executive Officer of the garagErasmus Foundation since August 2017 and is Executive Chairman since September 2023. He was an Erasmus Student in 2008. He took a Master degree in Urban Planning and Policy Design at the Polytechnic University in Milan in 2013. ​

While still a University student, Fabrizio launched his own activity of building administration. At the same time he decided to continue his Erasmus experience by supporting Erasmus students, first at the Polytechnic University in Milan and then as President of Erasmus Student Network Italy. During his term as National President, he coordinated the participation of ESN in EXPO 2015 as Civil Society Participants, and promoted the approval of a national law to grant Italian Erasmus students abroad the right to vote remotely. He started his new adventure with garagErasmus Foundation in 2016.

Valentina Presa

Valentina Presa

Director of Secretariat

Valentina Presa has a European Law Studies background ; after an Erasmus exchange at the ULB of Brussels, she engaged in the Erasmus Student Network, joining both the local and national boards of the association, organising events and coordinating the membership.

An expert in project applications and management, she has been the Director of the Union of European Federalists until 2020 (Bruxelles), while volunteering for garagErasmus Foundation as project manager since 2017.

She’s now the Director of garagErasmus Foundation, managing the secretariats, applications for funding, implementation, follow up and networking for European Projects.

Carlo Bitetto

Carlo Bitetto

Network Manager

Carlo Bitetto is the Network Manager of garagErasmus. He has been Director of garagErasmus in 2016, when the Foundation moved its headquarters to Milan. Born in 1983, Carlo got a Master degree in International Law at the University of Milan in 2011 and perfected his legal education with a Diploma at the Graduate School in Legal Professions in 2013.

His deep love for the Erasmus world was kindled during his Erasmus period as a student in Pamplona, at the University of Navarra in 2008/09, and continued with an Erasmus Placement in Dublin at AXA-MPS. Between 2009 and 2015 he joined the Erasmus Student Network, first at a local level and then at a national level. In December 2012 he was elected President of Erasmus Student Network Italy, where he coordinated 50 local sections, managing projects and relationships with institutional and private stakeholders.

Carlo is currently Communication and Event Manager of the San Paolo Medical School of the University of Milan, where every day around 1000 students, Ph.D.s, researchers, and professors develop their clinical and preclinical studies, registering patents and cooperating with international partners.

OPERATIONAL TEAM

Nunzia Di Francesco

Nunzia Di Francesco

Project Officer

Nunzia is Project Officer at garagErasmus Foundation office in Vicenza. She studied Foreign Languages at the University of Pisa and Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where she developed skills in project management, governance and economics. After several experiences in France, the UK and Turkey, she was President of a local ESN section in Italy for two years, involved in activities focused on skills and employability, and decided to develop her skills in European project management and EU policies. As a student, she worked at the International Relations Office of the University of Pisa and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, assisting in the management of international and Erasmus+ projects. She has also worked as an intern at Europavox Association, where she was in charge of assisting in the management of the Europavox project funded by the Creative Europe Programme. She’s currently responsible for co-designing, managing and reporting on projects.

Ilaria Ballarini

Ilaria Ballarini

Communications Officer

Ilaria developed her digital and graphic skills in a small publishing company in Italy while obtaining her Master’s degree in Languages for Communication in International Enterprises and Organisations. After years of working in local contexts, including a civil service position at UNICEF Verona, she decided to embark on more international experiences with institutions dealing with issues she supports and cares about such as cultural exchange and human rights. To build experience in the field, she took up internships in communication at The International Union of Cinemas and the UNHCR office for EU Affairs in Brussels and the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union in Vienna.

Maria Giovanna Ceo

Maria Giovanna Ceo

Communication and Project Officer

Maria Giovanna is a Communication and Project Officer at garagErasmus in Brussels. During her studies in Tourism and Journalism, she had the opportunity to be an international student in France, studying at four different French universities, and also being an Erasmus student in Poland, where she fell in love with the country. Before joining the team, she lived in Hungary, where she carried out a project as a European Solidarity Corps volunteer in Budapest, where she helped an NGO with communication. She is in charge of communication and dissemination activities and supports managing EU fund projects.

Samuele Molteno

Samuele Molteno

Administrative Assistant

Samuele is administrative assistant of garagErasmus Foundation since September 2023. He studied commercial services in Milan and he graduated from high school on June 4th 2023. He takes care of the administration aspect of the Foundation.

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