The competition announcement was opened on June 25 by Finanzaetica, the cultural foundation of Banca Etica born in 2019.
Named after the memory of Mrs. Elisa Genovese, who with her donation made the re-edition of the competition possible again this year, she saw as winner the young Italian-Albanian doctor Ornella Derova, class 1994, who with her thesis entitled " Can mobile money to change where Microfinance did not? Access to credit in Uganda “won the graduation prize from 2500 euro.
Yet another acknowledgment to a curriculum of studies and really remarkable work and to which the very young age only gives more luster.
She speaks five languages, graduated with honors from the Liceo Classico 'Vittorio Alfieri' in Asti, then an amazing university career.
In the 2016 he obtained a bachelor's degree with honors in Economics and Statistics from the University of Turin, discussing the thesis What if your cleaning lady is a nuclear engineer? Overqualification of European immigrants: human capital transferability and freedom of movement '.
In the 2019 comes the master's degree with honors in Economics and Social Sciences at the Bocconi University of Milan. Title of the thesis' Can mobile money make a change where microfinance did not? Access to credit in Uganda '.
He is currently a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.
From September to November 2016 is Research Assistant for the Political and Social Analysis Laboratory of LUISS, Free International University for Social Studies based in Rome.
From June to September 2017 collaborated with the University of Stockholm as a Research Intern in Kampala, Uganda.
From January to September 2018 worked as a Research Assistant for the Carlo Alberto College, as part of a study promoted by Save the Children on school drop-out in Italy.
From April 2018 to March 2019 is Research Coordinator for Bocconi University, as part of an evaluation study on the impact of female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone.
From April 2019 is Consultant at the World Bank for feasibility studies of start-ups and innovation companies in the Balkan area.
Having also had journalism as a passion, Ornella did not miss prestigious collaborations.
Currently, the most important is the one with the 'Sole 24 ore'.
Since 2015 he is co-founder and editor of NEOS, think magazine of graduates and PhDs.
The previous awards
In the 2017, his three-year degree thesis wins the "Helen Joanne 'Jo' Cox" award for studies on Europe.
The award, as its name suggests, is named in honor of the Labor and Anti-Brexit deputy killed by a fanatic 16 June 2016 in Leeds.
The British Ambassador Jill Morris also comes to reward her at Montecitorio. The title of Ornella's thesis, translated into Italian, is: "What if your cleaning lady was a nuclear engineer? The over-qualification of European immigrants: the transferability of human capital and freedom of movement "
Ornella reflects on the fact that the hypothesis that the immigrant we meet one day on the street may be a highly qualified person, who is not able to obtain the proper recognition of their qualifications, is underestimated. This is a step to facilitate the integration process of the migrant, a battle that involves all the countries of Europe.