Università della Svizzera italiana



Project Coordination



Junior Project Assistant

Diana is currently working as Junior Project Assistant at the MEM Summer Summit, after her previous experience as a volunteer for the project. Diana is finishing her Bachelor of Science in Communication, with a minor in public communication. She is also working for the Institutional Communication Service of USI and for the Centro Competenze Non Profit in Ticino. Diana is the Director of the students association journal L’universo, insert of Corriere del Ticino and the Vice-president of the Students Council of USI. In the past she has worked for the Institute of Public Health of USI and for the Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care of SUPSI, as junior assistant in health-related research projects. During the last years she has gained major experience in event organisation and social media management.



Project Leader

Federica Frediani, Senior researcher and lecturer at the Università della Svizzera italiana, is currently Educational Programme Manager of the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform. She is a member of the Project Committee and Project Leader of the Middle East Mediterranean Summer Summit. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Università di Siena. Her research interests focus mainly on representations, narratives, cultural productions and political and intercultural dynamics of the Middle East Mediterranean region. She published books and articles on travel writing. In particular the women travel literature, and on the relationships between Northern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean.



Project Manager

Monica Gugolz is a Master graduate with a degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. After finishing her studies, she began her career in the international field, managing development cooperation projects and consultancy mandates in emerging contexts such as Bangladesh, Rwanda and Vietnam. She is currently working as a Project Manager and facilitator for the MEM Summer Summit.



Administrative Assistant

Monica Steger has over 22 years of experience in university administrative support. While assisting in the administration of the Rectorate office at the Università della Svizzera italiana, she is also occupied with the general administration of the MEM Summer Summit.

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Project Assistant

Federico Di Foggia holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Management and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Policies. He is currently working as a Project Assistant for the MEM Summer Summit.