Giulia Giordano is an Italian researcher and practitioner with extensive experience in the Middle East. She joined the creation of ECCO at its early stage of conception as the Head of Strategy and Development.
She leads ECCO’s strategic planning process, provides managerial and operational guidance and is responsible for building relations and partnerships with organizations of the civil society and the donor community. Before joining ECCO, she was the Director of International Programs at EcoPeace Middle East, a trilateral organization based in Israel, Jordan and Palestine. In her previous capacity she was responsible for leading the organization’s international advocacy and outreach programmes vis-à-vis foreign governments, diplomatic representatives and international organizations, while frequently representing the organization by speaking at international public events.
Formerly she was a visiting researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a fellow lecturer at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem, where she taught two courses in Human Rights and International Environmental Law. She has worked with several organizations of the civil society and academic institutions, and has written extensively about water security and environmental diplomacy. She received her PhD in Cooperation for Peace and Development from the University ‘Stranieri’ of Perugia. Her research interests include environmental diplomacy, tranboundary water cooperation and Middle Eastern politics. She is am an alumna of the Water Diplomacy Initiative, a joined programme by the MIT, Harvard Negotiation Program and Tuft University, a founding member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, and a member of the Bosch Alumni Network.