Alessandra Buonfino

Alessandra Buonfino has a background in international affairs, trade and development. She worked for the British Government for six years both in the Cabinet Office and the Department for International Trade, working with private investors and philanthropists from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America before joining a leading international law firm as Head of International Development. Prior to working in government, Alessandra spent many years in senior roles in think tanks and academia researching, writing, and advising on diversity, civility, populism, migration, and security. Her doctoral and postdoctoral studies focused on the securitisation of immigration policies after 9/11. Alessandra is a dual Italian and British citizen, she sits on the Advisory board of Expectation State, a consultancy that works with government in emerging states. She is a trustee of the think tank Demos and of Water Unite, a not-for-profit which is currently raising £100-200m to invest in plastic recycling, water, and sanitation projects around the world. She lives between London and Norfolk with her husband and twin boys
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