Debora Guidetti joined the Open Society Foundations in October 2011. She is responsible for the Open Society Foundations’ program addressing the causes and manifestations of xenophobia and intolerance in Western Europe.
Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Guidetti managed the European Programme on Integration and Migration (EPIM), a grantmaking initiative of the Network of European Foundations for three years. She has previous experience with the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean based in Cuba where she worked on HIV/AIDS prevention and stigma reduction and on indigenous audio-visual industry, and she has also worked with Handicap International in Belgium. Beyond various experiences in the voluntary sector during her studies, she served as assistant with the UNESCO office in Mexico, the European Commission, a local diaspora NGO in Ghana, and an integration centre for migrant women in Brussels. In 2011, she joined the Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration.
Guidetti studied international relations, political sciences, culture and development studies, in Italy (Padua), France (Sciences-Po Paris), and Belgium (University of Leuven). She is fluent in Italian, English, French, and Spanish.