Marco has worked on human rights and humanitarian issues since 1986. As
a student, he worked with Amnesty International, mainly for the
protection of refugees and detainees. After an MA in Chinese studies in
Berlin in 1991, Marco started working for the ICRC (International Committee of the
Red Cross), first in Sri Lanka, then in the Philippines, Djibouti and
Israel as a delegate, head of mission and coordinator. At the ICRC's HQ
in Geneva, he served as head of sector for Protection for the Middle
East from 1998-2003, and for Asia from 2003-2007. Since 2008, he is
working full-time for the NGO Management Association.
To improve the results and impact of civil society organisations, it is
necessary to enhance knowledge on management and leadership, to share
practical skills and tools and to develop new strategies. To this
purpose, he and Daniel D'Esposito set up the website NGO Manager in 2001. NGO Manager
provides NGOs with a selection of the best management tools and key
articles for NGOs which are available on the internet free of charge.
To further enhance management capacity-building opportunities for NGOs,
Marco, Roberto and Rita established the NGO Management School (NMS) in
2006. The purpose of the School is provide high-quality management
training for a fair price to participants from NGOs in the North and in
the South close to where they live and work.
Both NGO Manager and the NGO Management School were set up as volunteer