President & Co-founder, Interazioni Urbane,
Elisa Maceratini is the president and co-founder of Interazioni Urbane, an italian NGO composed by a team of architects, facilitators and social innovators aimed to develop processes of integration, social inclusion and sustainable development through participatory planning, community engagement and innovative design in the outskirts of our contemporary cities. Elisa is an architect and urban planner, PhD in Urban Renewal, specialized in slum upgrading, urban and regional planning and participatory design, with work experience in more than 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America as international consultant for multilateral development agencies, governments, local institutions and NGOs. She coordinated several projects, workshop and seminars focused on innovative sustainable methods and tools for urban upgrading, participatory planning, upcycling and social inclusion of disadvantaged groups. Elisa was awarded during the International Women’s Day 2015 by the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella for the commitment demonstrated in the social and professional sectors of the Italian female society.