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Chief Diversity Officer and Special Advisor on Strategic Evolution at the European Space Agency
Ersilia Vaudo Scarpetta graduated from the Sapienza University of Rome with a degree in Astrophysics. For many years, she has been working for the European Space Agency, where she now holds the position of Chief Diversity Officer and Special Advisor on Strategic Evolution. Her professional journey has also taken her to Washington, where she spent 4 years managing ESA relations with NASA. She has received numerous accolades, including the Tecnovisionarie 2020 International Prize. In 2021, she was included in the InspiringFifty list, which recognizes the 50 most influential women in the field of science and technology in Italy. In 2022, she curated the 23rd International Exhibition of Triennale Milano, titled Unknown Unknowns. She is the president and co-founder of the association Il Cielo Itinerante (The Wandering Sky), which promotes STEM literacy by “taking the sky where it doesn’t reach”, to boys and girls in troubled areas affected by educational poverty.