Virginia is the lead technical officer for ILO’s work on women’s entrepreneurship development and entrepreneurship education. Virginia holds an MA in international economics and Latin American studies (Italy and USA) and a BA in Political Science and Business (Switzerland). Since joining the ILO in 2009, Virginia has supported ILO entrepreneurship initiatives targeting women and youth in over 15 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Prior to working for the ILO, Virginia worked for the Inter-American Development Bank as coordinator of a university network promoting social responsibility among young women and men. Virginia is fluent in Spanish, English and French and likes to think she can still speak Italian.
Charleine works as technical officer with The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and Entrepreneurship Education (WED) programme within the ILO’s Small and Medium Enterprises Unit (SME) of the Enterprises’ Department. She supports the Unit’s work in developing and monitoring products that aim at supporting and empowering women and young entrepreneurs. She also provides technical advice to technical cooperation projects targeting these groups. Before joining the ILO, she worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in support to the community recovery programme through economic revitalization of post-conflict areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also worked with Caritas-Development Congo in Kinshasa, as projects officer. She started her international career working with the African Development Bank (AfDB), in support to the oversight of the performance of projects management, as well as in support to projects design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and completion. Charleine holds a master’s degree in Economics and Management from Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah in Morocco and an advanced master’s degree in Economics and Management/microfinance at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management – the business school of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Charleine fluently speaks English and French.
Sara Cavallo, Intern
Sara is interning at ILO within the Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and Entrepreneurship Education Team of the Small and Medium Enterprises Unit (SME).
She holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Law at University of Bologna, specialising in International Law and Human Rights, a Master’s degree in Economics and Management/Microfinance at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and a Master’s degree in International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO) at University of Barcelona.
Sara is a licensed lawyer specialised in Development and Human Rights. Prior to joining the ILO, She has worked at the European Parliament and at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She also has experience as policy assistant and consultant for Human Rights and sustainable development promotion in Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Brazil and Peru, where she focused in Children’s Rights, education, financial inclusion and women economic empowerment.
Sara speaks English, Spanish and Italian and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.