10 VISIONARY LEADER
SMOOTH EVENT PLANNER
ENGINEER AT HEART
ENGAGING TEAM MANAGER
UN HOMME DU MONDE
“If communication and organization
are important attributes for a 21st
century leader, then Nicolò is an
appropriate speaker [...]”
Nick Haysom –
Delivering a speech on the
importance of youth
participation in decision-
making at the inaugural One
Young World summit, the
premier global youth
London – February 2010
UN Director of Political Aﬀairs and former
legal advisor to Nelson Mandela
I’m all about taking advantage of
existing paths. But I’m also ready to
take risks and ﬁnd myself new ones
if necessary. Some of them pay oﬀ.
Logos of the two
organizations I founded,
between 2006 and 2010:
• Student Platform for
I craft and deliver compelling
messages, especially to youth
audiences and through social media.
Though I never forget that
communication is a two-way street.
My featured article in the
collaborative book project
“What’s Next: 25 Big Ideas
from Gen-Yers Under 25”.
I have organized social events for
less than 30 students and academic
conferences for more than 300
attendees. Fundraising doesn’t scare
me, and there’s always a Plan B.
Particular of a spreadsheet
used to keep track of
participants in some events I
helped organize in Cape
Town in October 2008.
As an engineering graduate, I look at
challenges through the prism of
systems and strategy. I think in terms
of processes, their eﬃciency and
A conceptual model of
youth participation in
London – July 2010
Student Platform for
Development group picture.
Istanbul – October 2007
Radiating enthusiasm for each cause
I put myself to work on, I recruit and
organize volunteers to achieve our
vision together. My team members
say I’m becoming pretty good at it.
I lived, studied and worked in 5
countries. I led global teams in person
and online. I have had my share of
culture shocks, misunderstandings
and adjustments. And I just love it.
Receiving the TU Delft
Rector’s Student Prize for
Delft (The Netherlands) – July 2008
From corporate managers to high-
level policy-makers, I’m conﬁdent in
establishing and growing
relationships with professionals in all
sectors and at all levels.
The invitation to an event I
found myself attending, after
having lived for just a couple
of months in Washington, DC.
Washington, DC – July 2009
I don’t limit myself to established,
tried-and-true approaches. If I’m
given a chance to quench my thirst
of originality, I will take it.
The ﬂagship initiative of
Yparticipate, a one-week
(March 7-13, 2011) global
campaign to increase
awareness, educate on and
participation in decisions
that aﬀect them.
In April 2010, I had never been
involved in environmental issues.
In May 2010, I was at the UN
debating policy issues with the US
ambassador at the Commission for
Particular of a statement I
contributed to, that was
delivered at the 18th session
of the UN Commission for
New York, NY – May 2010
fun and YES, I HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR as well.