Science unit - Team

Mario Scalet

Head of unit

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He is head of unit and senior programme specialist of Basic Science and Engineering. He worked as an officer for international cooperation programmes in Science and Technology at the European Commission in Bruxelles and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. He was Scientific Counsellor at the Italian Embassy in Seoul and worked in Mozambique and in the Republic of Moldova for implementing university cooperation projects. Since 1986 he worked as a university researcher and professor in the field of plant biology applied to agriculture and environment. He joined UNESCO in August 2010.
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Tel : +39 041 260 15 20
Fax : + 39 041 528 99 95
Contact : m.scalet(at)unesco.org

Philippe Pypaert

Programme Specialist

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He manages the Office’s activities in the field of Environmental Sciences. Since 1998, he is the Regional Hydrologist for Europe coordinating regional activities related to Man and the Biosphere (MAB), International Hydrological Programme (IHP) programmes and Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI) platform. He also co-ordinates the implementation of research activities funded by the Italian Government on Venice and its lagoon. He holds a PhD in environmental sciences at the Luxemburg University Foundation. His major specializations are on environmental studies, environmental information systems, territorial planning and rural sociology. He joined UNESCO in 1994.
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Tel : + 39 041 260 15 12
Fax : + 39 041 528 99 95
Contact: p.pypaert(at)unesco.org

Marie Prchalova

Programme Specialist

She is responsible for the implementation of environmental and sustainable development activities with a particular focus on Black-Sea and Caucasus countries. Prior to joining UNESCO at its Moscow Office in 2004, she worked as Programme Officer for International Waters in the Division of GEF Coordination at UNEP in Nairobi.  Before UN assignments she was Head of Unit responsible to manage and coordinate the large scale World Bank/GEF Programme on Biodiversity Protection in the Czech Republic.  Her background is a biologist with a specialty in hydrobiology and ecology. She obtained visiting scientist assignments in Canada, Germany and USA and conducted several scientific-research projects both national and international. She joined UNESCO Venice Office in 2012. 

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Tel : + 39 041 260 15 59
Fax : + 39 041 528 99 95
Contact: m.prchalova(at)unesco.org

Rosanna Santesso

Assistant Programme Specialist

After carrying out the role of Information Officer of the Venice Office, in February 2011 she joined the Science Unit taking on new duties and tasks related to elaborating and implementing activities relevant to science policy, science diplomacy, science communication and education within the South East European (SEE) Region. She is also the Venice Office’s focal point for the Organization’s global priority “Gender equality issues” and for promoting youth and science initiatives. She is a graduate of Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) Faculty of Political Sciences. She joined UNESCO in 1989.
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Tel : +39-041-260-1513
Fax : +39-041-528-9995
Contact : r.santesso(at)unesco.org

Cristina Faccia

Assistant to the Chief of unit

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Since 2008, she is the personal assistant to the Head of Science Unit while continuing her support for the implementation of activities of the Unit. She is a graduate of Ca’ Foscari University (Humanities). She joined UNESCO in 1990. In 1998, she became the assistant to the Chief of Office. After moving to the UNESCO Venice Office's new premises at Palazzo Zorzi in 2002, she assisted for several years with the Information Officer in the organization of events and cataloguing of UNESCO publications.
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Tel : + 39 041 260 15 20
Fax : + 39 041 528 99 95
Contact :  c.faccia(at)unesco.org

Marina Gilebbi

Programme Assistant

She has joined the Science Unit in April taking on new duties and tasks. Previously, she coordinated the Secretariat of the Director to ensure its management and representational functions, prepared and reviewed relevant documents and narrative reports. She graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice. She joined UNESCO in 1990, providing support to the Director of the Office. In 1993 she started working as Programme Assistant in the Science Unit, also assisting in the organization of scientific events.
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Tel : +39 041 260 15 21
Fax : +39 041 528 99 95
Contact : m.gilebbi(at)unesco.org

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