Deputy Mayor of Reggio Emilia (Italy), in charge for International Relations, European Projects, Intercultural Aspects and Citizenship’s Rights. From 2011 to 2014 she was been a member of the Board of ‘Reggio Children’. From 2006 to 2012 she was CEO of the organisation ‘Reggio nel Mondo’ (Reggio in the World), a public company which aims to improve international projects in Reggio Emilia. From 2002 to 2006, she was employed as Head of Unit for decentralised cooperation projects, always at ’Reggio nel Mondo’. Serena Foracchia also collaborates in research and teaching activities with: Bocconi University, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Centre for Economic and International Studies, on European Health Funds), Formez, and local authorities on themes of innovation in public administration, healthcare and personal welfare services. She has served as representative of the administration of Reggio Emilia in many international networks, such as Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), Eurotowns, Intercultural Cities.