Culture unit - Team

Véronique Dauge

Head of unit

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Véronique Dauge joined the Regional Bureau in October 2013. As Head of the Culture unit she responsible for the overall management of the Culture programme within the framework of the Bureau’s mandate in South-East Europe, notably the implementation of the UNESCO Culture Conventions. She is also responsible for the coordination of projects within the framework of the UNESCO-International Private Committees Programme for the Safeguarding of Venice.

Trained as a historian of art and archaeologist, Véronique specialized in Oriental studies. She joined UNESCO in 1989 and participated in the establishment of the UNESCO Office in Cambodia and in developing of a safeguarding plan for the site of Angkor. After four years at the Division of Cultural Heritage at Headquarters, she moved to Ramallah in 1998, establishing the UNESCO Office in the Palestinian territories and concentrated, among other tasks, on assisting in building up the new Palestinian institutions in the field of culture. Between 2001 and 2004, Véronique moved first to the UNESCO Jordan Office and then to the Beirut Cluster Office, in charge of the culture files in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. At the end of 2004, she returned to Headquarters as Chief of the Arab States Unit at the World Heritage Centre prior to her assignment to the Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, located in Venice.

Contact : v.dauge(at)
Tel. + 39 041 260 15 11
Fax + 39 041 528 99 95

Matteo Rosati

Programme Officer

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Matteo Rosati joined the Regional Bureau in 2005. He is assigned to the Culture unit and collaborates on issues ranging from the protection, safeguarding and management of cultural heritage, to the diversity of cultural expressions and the enhancement of culture for development aiming to reinforce the cooperation with and between the Member States in South-East Europe.

Matteo holds a Master’s Degree, with honours, in Communication Sciences and International Relations.  He participated in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA) Fellowship Programme in 2001. Previous work experiences in international relations and development cooperation include assignments with the Delegation of the European Commission at the International Organizations in Vienna (2000), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Local Technical Unit for Development Cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2003), the World Bank (2004), and the International Management Group (2005).
Contact: m.rosati(at)
Tel. + 39 041 260 15 35
Fax + 39 041 528 99 95

Laura de Stefani

Programme Assistant

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Laura De Stefani joined the Regional Bureau in 2004. She is responsible for providing support to the implementation and follow-up of all activities related to the Culture unit, including the organization of meetings and conferences, the management of contracts, travel arrangements and maintenance of files.  She also contributes to the implementation of the UNESCO-International Private Committees Joint Programme for the Safeguarding of Venice.

Laura graduated from the University of Udine in Conservation of Cultural Heritage.


Contact: l.destefani(at)
Tel. + 39 041 260 15 36
Fax + 39 041 528 99 95

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