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The Board of Directors and the staff of Sanità di Frontiera

We are Sanità di Frontiera, a group of experts in international cooperation, EU project management and training, full of enthusiasm for the job we do, convinced that the right to health for all is at the basis of a fairer, more inclusive, open world, which is respectful of diversity.


Valeria Vivarelli

Head of Project Department

Sara Falcone

Operational Manager

Maura Pisciarelli

Press Officer and Head of Research Department


2 new members joined the Board of Directors of Sanità di Frontiera in September 2019. The newly appointed Executive Office is composed of Massimo D’Alema, Chair of the Board and of the organization, and Senator Antonio Saccone, Deputy Chair.

Massimo D’Alema – Chair

Italian politician and journalist, President of Italy’s Council of Ministers from 21st October 1998 to 26th April 2000. He ran two executive governments as the President of the Council of Ministers during the 13th parliamentary term (1998-1999 and 1999-2000) for 552 days; as a world political leader, he took part in the G8 summit as the representative of the Italian government (25th G8 in Cologne in 1999).
Afterwards, he was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice President of the Council of Ministers during the Prodi II Cabinet (17th May 2006 – 8th May 2008). Moreover, he was the national secretary of the Italian Communist Youth Federation from 1975 to 1980, the national secretary of the left-wing democratic party from 1994 to 1998, and the chair of the party “Democratici di Sinistra” from 2000 to 2007. He was a MP for seven parliamentary terms and deputy chair of the Socialist International.

Antonio Saccone

Graduated in political science at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
From 2001 to 2006, he was elected President of Municipio Roma II in the Italian centre-right coalition.
He was appointed as municipal commissioner from the lista civica Veltroni Sindaco after the municipal elections in Rome in 2006. He became a member of Unione di Centro and the party coordinator in the Lazio region in 2012.
He was appointed as senator of the Republic in the single-name list of Velletri from the centre-right coalition in representation of UDC (Centre Union) after the 2018 political elections.

Francesco Aureli

Currently, the Director General of Sanità di Frontiera and the Director of the Centre for Migration of the Ortygia Business School. He was advisor at the Italian Prime Minister’s Office for international development, migration and global health during the Italian G7 Presidency, previously a representative of Save The Children to the United Nations and Director General of AMREF Italia. He had worked at various United Nations agencies and international organizations in developing countries for several years and primarily dealt with implementing emergency actions, human rights, public health and training programs in Africa, Asia, the Former Yugoslavia and Latin America.

Massimo Tortorella

The chair of Consulcesi Onlus, constantly involved in the front line in tackling emergencies, side by side with the communities hit by natural disasters and devastated by war. He is the founder of Osservatorio Internazionale per la Salute Onlus and the creator of the project Sanità di Frontiera, strongly supported by the Holy See with the Obolo di San Pietro (Saint Peter’s pence) thanks to the direct involvement of His Holiness Pope Francis. Furthermore, he is the founder and chair of Consulcesi Group, the largest organization in Europe dedicated to healthcare professionals, and is entered on the special professional register of journalists.

Simone Colombati

A member of the board of directors of Sanità di Frontiera – Salute senza confini – Onlus and of Consulcesi Onlus. He was the chair of the Osservatorio Internazionale per la Salute (OIS), on behalf of which he managed projects such as “Sanità di Frontiera” on the reception of migrants, earned great experience in the healthcare field. He is responsible for institutional relations at Consulcesi, a network that has walked side by side with doctors and health workers for 20 years. Since 2005, he has been a member and managing director of a business delivering services for hospitals. He has recently taken up the position of sole manager of a company qualified in research and conservation of stem cells.

Giuseppe Petrella

Prof. Giuseppe Petrella is the chair of the OIS Scientific Committee and a member of the board of directors of Sanità di Frontiera. Since 2016, he has been the director of the School of Specialization in General Surgery of the Rome University of Tor Vergata. Since 2011, he has chaired UASSO (European-ASIA Surgical Oncology). Since 2009, he has also been the director of the School of Specialization in Gastroenterological Surgery, as well as the director of the PhD Program on Oncoplastic Surgery at the Rome University of Tor Vergata. Since 2008, he has been tenured professor of general surgery at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Rome University of Tor Vergata and the director of the “Unità Operativa Complessa” (special operative unit) of General Surgery and Senology at the Fondazione Policlinico Tor Vergata. From 2004 to 2008, he took up the position of tenured professor of general surgery, and from 2000 to 2003, of full professor of General Surgery (SSD F08A) at the Faculty of Medicine of the Naples University of Federico II.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a voluntary advisory and supporting group of the board of directors and senior management.
The Advisory Board’s role is to deliver assistance, support and advice according to the specific needs of the various strategic sectors. For example, it may:

  • propose or give suggestions/opinions about actions brought forward by the senior management or the board of directors/scientific committee;
  • submit ideas and strategies that can be implemented, in order to enhance the pursued impact. Its key function is strategic and concerns the organization’s mission, achieved goals and activities that shall be developed if we want to become sector leaders.

Gianni Letta – Chair

Undersecretary to Italy’s Presidency of the Council of Ministers during the Berlusconi I Cabinet; he held the same office during the following three terms under the leadership of Berlusconi.
On 5th July 2013, he was appointed as the chair of Associazione Civita, a no-profit organization dealing with art and culture – before that, he had been a founding member and the honorary president since 2009. Furthermore, he is a member of the executive committee of Aspen Institute Italia, the honorary president of Associazione Guido e Maria Carli and deputy chair of Società Dante Alighieri and Accademia Santa Cecilia.

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