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Filippo Addarii (born 3 December 1974) is Director of International Strategy and Head of EuropeLab at the Young Foundation. His long-standing aims are to develop a global network of engaged citizens from diverse national, ethnical, religious and professional backgrounds to share knowledge, join efforts and experiment to find solutions for the greater good of humanity and the planet.
Addarii gained his first degree in philosophy at the University of Bologna in 1998, having been awarded the Leonardo scholarship for research at the University La Sorbonne, Paris in his final year. He went on to complete a Master’s degree in third sector organisation management at the University of Urbino, Italy in 2004. He did the New Next Generation of International CEOs course at the Cass Business School in London, the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme in France and the Strategic Management for Leaders of NGOs at the Kennedy School of Harvard University, USA.
Addarii began his career in 1999, organising contemporary art exhibitions to promote human rights as project manager of the Geneva-based NGO Art for the World, in partnership with multilateral organisations such as the UNHCR, WHO, and UNICEF. Less than two years later, he had established the NGO GlobaLab to promote intercultural dialogue in the Western Balkans. Addarii’s first project undertaken as a leader was an exchange programme between a football team of teenagers he found playing in a cemetery in Sarajevo - the only place safe from anti-person mines - and a peer team in his home town of Bologna. This attracted interest from Italian national broadcaster RAI2, which made a film to document the project. A year later, he ran the first post-war intercultural project in Novi Sad (Serbia), between local artists and artists from Rome.
From cultural projects, he moved into the anti-globalisation movement. This led him to pass briefly through the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre (Brazil) and contribute to the Feltrinelli Foundation’s project to establish a documentation centre on contemporary social movements.
Addarii moved to London in 2004, recognising it to be the international hub of organised civil society, where he joined ACEVO, the professional body of CEOs of British charities.
Whilst establishing ACEVO’s international leadership development programme, he realised the need and potential for a European network to develop civil society leadership and social entrepreneurship(impact-first leaders) through peer-learning, and to influence the European policy and help it to respond to real needs on the ground through connecting impact-first leaders to policy makers.
Addarii was the Executive Director of Euclid Network from 2007- 2013. During his tenure he initiated cutting edge advocacy projects, such as the review of the European funding rules for grants which affected hundreds of thousands of civil society organisations around the world, to realise the potential of a Europe led by engaged citizens. Representing pioneers from the beginning, Addarii today advises the European Commission on social innovation, social enterprise and social investments with a particular focus on how to engage citizens and mainstream civil society organisations.
He holds a non-executive position in the impact investment fund Hub Launchpad (UK), in the French Movement of Social Entrepreneurs (Mouves), and Nethical s.r.l. Italian company leader in e-healthcare. He’s also a fellow in the European Center for Living Technologies (University Ca’ Foscari, Venice), Counterpoint (London), senior associate at Agirre Center for Social and Political Studies (Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain), and Goodwill Ambassador of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund and World NGO Day Initiative. He’s a fellow of BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders (Germany)and a member of the advisory board at Impronta Etica.
Addarii is a member of the Italian Government’s expert group on social entrepreneurship and it's advisory group that supports the G8′s Social Impact Investment Taskforce. He is also part of the European Commission Expert Group on an Integrated Concept for Strategic Foresight, and a member of the European Commissions Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship. He also co- authored Naples 2.0: a Social Innovation Competition.
Addarii has written a number of articles for online publications such as The Guardian's Social Enterprise Network and Civil Society. Most recently these have included:
- Is the European Social Enterprise Agenda Losing Steam?
- Social Enterprise is at the Core of European Economic Strategy
- Europe's Financial Crisis Opens Doors on Socio-economic Business Model