A partnership between
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations & BMW Group

The Team

Alessandro Girola

Alessandro Girola is a development economist and international project officer with over ten years of professional experience. His interests include poverty reduction, women’s economic empowerment, governance, financial inclusion, sustainability and rural development.  After receiving degrees in Economics from Bocconi University and a master’s degree in International Finance, Economics and Policy from Columbia University, he gained experience working in the financial sector, academia, and international organizations, including the African Development Bank and UN Women. He has worked in Africa, Europe, North America and South-East Asia.  Alessandro is currently the Programming Coordinator at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

Milena Pighi

Milena Pighi studied Foreign Languages and Literature in Verona, Italy. In 1998, she joined the BMW Group as a spokesperson for Corporate Communications and CSR in Italy. In 2004, she moved to Munich, Germany, to take care of steering and managing Corporate Communications of BMW Group subsidiaries around the globe. The main objective of her responsibility was the promotion of mutual understanding and cooperation between the markets and the company’s headquarters. In January 2013, Ms Pighi was appointed Head of Social Engagement for the BMW Group.


Marta López Pérez

Marta López Pérez holds a long cycle degree in Translation and Interpreting. Marta has several years of work experience in the fields of  intercultural mediation, public advocacy, education, translation and interpreting, public relations and quality management in Spain, France, Tunisia, Portugal and the US. Marta has coordinated the 2012 and 2013  editions of the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. She is also founder and CEO of Nur Translations, a Translation and Interpreting Agency headquartered in Spain. Currently, Marta is the coordinator of our Alumni Network.



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