Bianca Damati has recently joined IOM as an intern for the Migration and Sustainable Development Unit to support the Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development (M4SD) programme, an 11-country programme supporting migration and development initiatives with an emphasis on the local level. Bianca supports the M&SD team in knowledge management and communication for the Global Programme on Making Migration Work for Development and capacity development activities on UNNM and GCM roll out and implementation.
Bianca is currently finalizing her Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree in Public Policy and Development (MUNDUS Mapp) from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague and the Institute of International Relations (IBEI) in Barcelona. The European Commission awarded her a full EMJMD Merit Scholarship. During her MA, she assisted with research for a NIAS publication titled “Legal Mobilization: Analyzing Law-Based Advocacy”. Bianca earned her Bachelors in European Studies with a major in European Law from the University of Amsterdam and spent a semester studying in Chile. Her thesis focused on the impact of international law on European and Inter-American human rights systems. During her studies, she worked for two NGOs giving legal assistance to undocumented migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Amsterdam and Barcelona.
Bianca was previously the EU Trust and Foundations intern coordinator for Street Child Barcelona. She was tasked with identifying government and foundations funding sources. Her tasks included preparing education projects, managing trust and foundation databases, and reporting to donors. Her internship at an international cooperation consulting agency in Bologna focused on institutional capacity-building. She helped drafting regional development programmes for EU integration like IPA projects. She is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish and has basic knowledge of French and Dutch.
- Migrants’ integration in receiving societies
- Bottom-up legal mobilization and social justice
- Refugees and asylum seekers first reception
- International humanitarian action on the ground
- Migration and sustainable development
- Free and accessible education as a key for closing the inequality gap