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Marco Zappalorto

Nesta Italia
Executive Director
Marco Zappalorto is Nesta Italia’s Executive Director. Marco has over ten years experience in the design, fundraising and management of social innovation projects at European and international level. He was senior advisor to the European Commission, the United Nations and some European governments on the development of projects aimed at defining major social challenges. Since 2011, before Nesta Italia, Marco worked for Nesta where he led the European strategy of the foundation and was co¬founder of Nesta Challenges, an internationally renowned center for designing and managing challenge awards. Prior to Nesta, Marco worked for OmniComplete (now Innocentive), directing the execution of competitions in various sectors for both the public and private sectors. He has also worked for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in London. Marco also manages a 3 ¬year degree course in Social Innovation Design at the Institute of Applied Arts and Design (IAAD) in Turin.