Sara Belligoni is a PhD Student in Security Studies at University of Central Florida in Orlando. Specialized in humanitarian affairs, she is researching on civil-military humanitarian coordination, role of the UN-CMCoor when responding to complex emergencies, and use of the Geographic Information System for crisis assessment. She is focused on Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Committed to sensitize youths to global affairs, she is a proud member of the National Model United Nations. After the first experience as UNESCO Assistant Director during the NNMUN-NY 2017, the promotion from FAO Assistant Director to ITU Director at the NMUN-NY 2018, she will serve as WFP Director at the NMUN-NY 2019.
While participating in the Exchange Visitor Program of the U.S. Department of State serving a women-owned international company as a Senior Business Analyst, she has also been appointed as an Ambassador at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce for its commitment in supporting foreign companies and women and minorities-owned businesses.
In collaboration with the UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Management and Culture, the Unesco World Water Assessment Programme, ESRI Italia, and Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia, she worked with the staff of the Water Resource Research & Documentation Center for the first Italian GIS crowdmapping workshop. Under the patronage of UNESCO, she also worked with the team that elaborated the first GIS digital map of the Italian UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Born and raised in Rome, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science for Cooperation and Development and a Master’s Degree with Honours in International Relations – Peace, War and Security, both at Università degli Studi Roma Tre. She first moved to the United States in 2015 where she studied at the New York University obtaining with excellent results the Certificate in Global Affairs from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.