Lorenza is a senior consultant in the IMC’s Inclusive Growth team, where she focuses on innovation, delivering the UKAid-funded Frontier Technologies Programme (FT), which helps the UK government apply frontier technologies to solve challenges faced by the poor in low-income countries.
Specifically, she is the IMC lead on the Frontier Technology Futures component, an immersive experience designed to develop the capacity and confidence of HMG to harness frontier technologies for development, through demystifying global and local technology trends, connecting with the local tech ecosystem and providing training on innovation methodologies.
Before joining the Inclusive Growth team, Lorenza worked in the IMC’s Communication and Knowledge Management team, where she focused on strategy, digital storytelling and outreach.
She has played 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 identified, wrote and published learning papers, project case studies and stories for multiple channels, including website, social media, email newsletter and other external platforms.
She evaluated communications campaigns to continuously improve reach and engagement and gained experience managing external agencies and consultants. Lorenza 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 has developed a strong communication and stakeholder management experience through assignments on governments and multilateral organisations-funded programmes.
She was 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 ran prize competitions in Africa and Asia to spur innovative solutions to development challenges, including access to energy, water and sanitation, and climate change adaptation.
Lorenza developed a new communications strategy and led its implementation, liaising with international teams from 10 organisations across four continents, the wider sector of innovating in development and the media.
Lorenza also managed communications on the DFID-funded High-Volume Transport (HVT) Applied Research Programme, 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.
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.
Before joining IMC, Lorenza worked 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.