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Lorenza Geronimo

Senior Consultant, Communications and Knowledge Management

Multilingual communications and international development professional with five years’ experience working with global teams, including governments, multilateral institutions, non-governmental organisations and purpose-driven businesses.

Lorenza is a communications professional with five years’ experience in international development, working with global teams, including governments, multilateral institutions, non-governmental organisations and purpose-driven businesses. Lorenza has strong project management experience and specialises in strategy, digital storytelling and outreach.

She plays a key role in the development and implementation of the IMC corporate communications strategy to raise the organisation’s profile as a thought and delivery leader in international development. A strong writer, Lorenza identifies, writes and publishes learning papers, project case studies and stories for multiple channels, including website, social media, email newsletter and other external platforms.

She evaluates communications campaigns to continuously improve reach and engagement, and has experience  managing external agencies and consultants. Lorenza has also led the strategy and roll-out of knowledge management tools, including the IMC’s intranet, and trained colleagues on how to improve communication and knowledge sharing.

Lorenza also has communication experience as part of governments and multilateral organisations-funded programmes.

She is the Communications Manager on the £11+ million, five-year Ideas to Impact programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Ideas to Impact runs prize competitions and pilots frontier technologies in Africa and Asia to spur innovative solutions to development challenges, including access to energy, water and sanitation, humanitarian aid delivery and climate change adaptation.

Lorenza developed a new communications strategy and leads its implementation, liaising with international teams from 10 organisations across four continents, the wider sector of innovating in development and the media.

Lorenza is also the Communications Manager of the DFID-funded High-Volume Transport (HVT) Applied Research Programme. HVT is a five-year applied research programme that aims to strengthen the evidence base that will support increased access to transport services, more affordable trade routes, and safer, accessible and inclusive low-carbon transport in low-income countries. Responsibilities include managing communications across programme’s channels, primarily Medium publication, newsletter and events, as well as partners engagement.

Previous programme experience includes conducting literature review and stakeholder interviews, and author a case study on local recovery after the 2009 and 2012 floods in Senegal. This helped inform a World Bank guide that aims to help local authorities develop recovery plans and improve disaster prevention.

Examples of Lorenza’s previous experience include working at Unric, the United Nations communication hub for Western Europe, where she focused on communication and outreach around the Sustainable Development Goals and the COP21 UN climate change conference.

She has a background in intercultural and linguistic mediation, conference interpreting and international relations, with a focus on European Union law and policies. She has studied and worked in Luxembourg, Italy, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom.

She is fluent in English, Italian and French, and speaks intermediate Portuguese and Spanish.

Qualifications

  • 2015, Master’s Degree in European Studies, King’s College London, United Kingdom.
  • 2013, Master’s Degree in Conference Interpreting, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
  • 2011, Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural and Linguistic Mediation, Bologna University, Italy.