Francesca Cesa Bianchi
Ms. Francesca Cesa Bianchi serves as Vice President, Institutional Relations at the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict). She has worked for G3ict since its inception. She has in-depth experience in digital inclusion issues for persons with disabilities, the UN CRPD, and is a frequent speaker for G3ict internationally. She oversees G3ict’s relations with international organizations, governments and academia, as well as G3ict’s “CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility” which measures the level of ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities around the world. She speaks fluent English, Spanish, Italian, and French. Prior to her current position, Ms. Cesa Bianchi served as Director of Public Relations for the Georgia Council for International Visitors, freelance writer for CNN Italia, and as a Carter Center-accredited election observer in Venezuela in 2003 and 2004. She is a Fellow of CIFAL Atlanta, the North American affiliate of the Decentralized Program of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), where she served as Director of its Gender Equality Program (2006-2009). A native of Milan, Italy, Ms. Cesa Bianchi graduated with a degree in political science from the Universitá degli Studi of Milan and holds a M.A. degree in communication from Georgia State University.