Massimiliano Monnanni – Director National Office Anti-Racial Discriminations,
Ministry for Equal Opportunities
Massimiliano Monnanni, born in Rome in 1966 and a professional journalist since 1997, graduated cum laude in humanities from the University of Rome III and specialized in journalism and business communications at the University LUISS “Guido Carli” in Rome. He is a university lecturer and an expert in human rights, social and youth politics. Since July 2009 he works as General Director of the National Anti-Racial Discrimination Office at the Department for Equal Opportunities of the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers. Since May 2008 he has acted as advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, initially for relations with local authorities and, currently, for the promotion and protection of human rights. From 2003 to 2005 he held the post of secretary general of the Interministerial Committee for Human Rights, the national body at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is responsible for relations with the committees of the United Nations in connection with Italy’s international obligations in the field of human rights. From 2005 to 2009 he was an officer at the Presidency of the Region of Latium, initially responsible for the Youth Policies department and then for the Relations with Citizens and Social Training office. He was the Italian representative at the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia of the European Union for the period from 2004-2007.
Angelo Caltagirone – President egma
Angelo Caltagirone was born in Italy and grew up in Basel, Switzerland. After Swiss college he joined the internationally renowned school Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori in Rome, Italy, where he received his master as translator and interpreter in 1983. When he returned to Switzerland, he opened up his own company in 1989, which provides translation and language services to major companies in Switzerland and the rest of Europe. Angelo is member of the board of directors of network, the Swiss gay business association, where he is responsible for international relations. Thanks to his work worldwide, network received 2010 the award “International LGBT Organisation of the Year” from the IGLCC (International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce). Since 2007 Angelo is president of egma (European Gay and Lesbian Managers Association), the umbrella organisation of various LGBT business associations in Europe which represent more than 3500 gay and lesbian professionals, managers and business owners. In his functions Angelo dedicates himself to promote the interests of the LGBT business and non-business community in Switzerland, Europe and in the rest of the world. He is the promoter and organizer of the International GLBT Business Leader Forum.