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Cecilia Milesi

Name: Cecilia Milesi
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Cities: Latin American cities, Barcelona & London
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Date of birth: 29/08/1974
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Educational and other qualifications: degree in Sociology from University of Buenos Aires, diploma in Anthropology from FLACSO (Latin America Faculty of Social Sciences) and a Masters in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London. She was selected Fellow of the BRICS Policy Center, Global South Unit for Mediation, Brazil (2014). Trained mediator and facilitator. 
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Languages spoken: Spanish, English, Portuguese
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Organisation: Cecilia Milesi | Global Change
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In the organization since: end 2014
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Present position: Founder | CEO | Change Facilitator and Researcher
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Professional/organisational highlight(s): Connecting worlds as a Global South professional and activist: the chance to share with Global North actors my vision, knowledge and experience while striving for re-construction and re-shaping of organisations and change processes. I particularly enjoyed doing this at Amnesty International and Conciliation Resources (UK), and today, supporting a network of incredible Mexican feminist collectives.
I love my past experiences undertaking participatory action-research with discriminated young people from around Argentina and Latin America. Times of great energy because the challenges of our democratization processes and the joint push to overcome various economics and political crisis, in a context in which we were healing wounds from a traumatic bloody past. 
In every project lead in various -from Spain, Philippines, Sierra Leone or Mexico, where I work or worked-, I recognise again and again the value of popular education, liberation theology and political organisation which I learnt in Latin America and Argentina.
Founding an organisation was amazing (Subir al Sur). 
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Favourite book(s): “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera, “Memories of Adriano”, Margarite Yourcenar, “Baudolino” by Humberto Eco and “Cien años de soledad / El amor en los tiempos del colera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Favourite sport/hobby(s): walking and swimming. In the past, writing poetry and short stories (something I want do to again more regularly).
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Remarks on what I’m hoping to leave this event with: believe in self-organisation and joint creation
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