Current Positions
  • Senior researcher at SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Department for Environment Constructions and Design, Institute of Design, since 2013.
  • Chair Wikimedia Italia, since 2020. Volunteer.
  • Coordinator of Ecomuseo delle Grigne Grigne, since 2008. Volunteer.
Institutional responsibilities at SUPSI
  • Board member SUPSI, Consiglio della SUPSI, 2020-2024.
  • Head of research for “Culture and Territory” area at the Laboratory of visual culture, SUPSI, since 2017.
  • Consultant for Open Science, Research and innovation Services, 2019-2022.
  • Member of the research axe 7 “The role of arts in life and well-being of citizens and their communities”, 2015-2022.
  • Member of the Competence centre for Cooperation and Development.
Membership in panels and boards
  • Co-chair of the Sounding Board Researchers (SBR) of the Swiss National Open Research Data Strategy and Action Plan, since 2022.
  • Representative of citizens for education in the Technical Committee of Repubblica Digitale, Italian Ministry for the technological innovation and digital transition (Ministero per l’innovazione tecnologica e la transizione digitale, rappresentante delle associazioni dei cittadini nel Comitato Tecnico Guida di Repubblica Digitale – primo asse di intervento della Strategia Nazionale per le competenze digitali – istruzione e formazione superiore), since 2022.
  • Chair of the international committee of the Wikipedia world conferences, since 2017. Volunteer.
  • Representative of SUPSI in the consortium DARIAH-CH, Swiss national affiliate of DARIAH Digital research infrastructure for the arts and humanities, since 2023.
  • Scientific committee, Research centre for the radio | Usmaradio (CRIR), Università degli studi della Repubblica di San Marino, since 2021.
  • Member ACASA-Art Council African Studies Association, since 2007. Member of the working group CCRBP Making North American African Art Collections Accessible & Visible Subcommittee, since 2022.
  • Substitute member for Switzerland for the COST ACTION SEADDA Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age, since 2019.
  • Member of the Network of the Ecomuseums of Lombardy Region (Rete degli Ecomusei della Lombardia), since 2010.

  • Scientific committee, Africa e Mediterraneo, Bologna, Italy, January 2007-2020.
  • International Jury, Wiki Loves Monuments, 2014.
  • Consultant, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Amsterdam, 2008-2013.
  • Advisory Board, Kunstverein Foundation of contemporary art, Amsterdam and Milano, 2009-2011.
  • Consultant, Curry Stone Design Prize, USA, 2008.
  • Advisory Board member (2007-2008) and board member (2008-2012), Moleskine Foundation (previously lettera27 Foundation), 2007-2012.
  • Technical Committee for the participation of Africa at the Venice Biennale, EDnet, Venice, Italy, 2006-2008.
  • Member of ICOM Italia, since 2023
  • Member of the Italian association of Public History (AIPH Associaizone Italiana di Public History), since 2022.
  • Member of the Italian Linux Society, since 2021.
  • Member of the group OpenGLAM promoted by, since 2020.
  • Member of Wikimedia Italia, since 2009; member of the board of guarantors (Collegio dei garanti) 2016-2019; chair of the association since 2020.
  • Member Wikimedia CH, since 2011.
  • Founding member InFormAzioni, since 2018.
  • Founding member Wiki in Africa and member of the board, since 2016; in 2016-2017 Chair.
  • Member of the Swiss society for African studies, since 2014.
  • Member of Association for African studies in Italy / ASAI Associazione per gli studi africani in Italia, since 2012.
  • Member ACASA-Art Council African Studies Association, since 2007. Member of the working group CCRBP Making North American African Art Collections Accessible & Visible Subcommittee, since 2022.
  • Member of the association Amici del Museo delle Grigne Onlus, since 1990. Artistic director since 2008.

Past Affiliations

  • Scientific director, Moleskine Foundation – former lettera27 Foundation (2007-).
  • Strategic consultant, Africa Centre, Cape Town and StellenboschSouth Africa, 2006-2008.
  • Founder and board member, iStrike Foundation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2005-2008.
  • Consultant, doual’art, Douala, Cameroon, January 2005 – April 2007. Volunteer.
  • Collaborator, Multiplicity Research Agency, Milan, Italy, June 2004 – 2005. Volunteer.
  • Researcher, Africa e Mediterraneo, Sasso Marconi, Bologna, Italy, 2002-2006.
Founding member
Prizes, awards, fellowships
  • Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching for the pilot applied research project Case-based communication of research for education (second place), 2017.
  • Melvin Jones Fellow for dedicated humanitarian services, Lions Club International Foundation, 2017.
  • Sodalitas Social Award 2016 for Wikimania Esino Lario- Elmec for the Multi-Stakeholders commitment
  • Prize FamilyWork 2010 by Lombardy Region and the Catholic University of Milan for the project “Esino Lario family and child-friendly.
  • Prize Wikimedia Italia 2009 for the use of open license on the Pietro Pensa Archive and contribution to the Wikimedia projects.
  • Prize Emerging Talents, Strozzina Foundation 2009 for the artwork of Rossella Biscotti commissioned and produced by the Associazione Amici del Museo delle Grigne.
  • Mondriaan Foundation Visitors Program for foreign experts 2005.
  • Foundation Banca del Monte di Lombardia, Progetto Professionalità 2005.