International & Economic Affairs, by Rabassi
International & Economic Affairs
Neither his first name (Pietro) nor his last name (Rabassi) give any hints about his Greek origins. Even though Pietro was brought up in Italy, he has always felt attached (and travelled also) to his Greek half. Pietro Rabassi is then of Greek and Italian origin. He is currently living in neither nation, but in Geneva (Switzerland).
He is an alumnus of the Collegio di Milano, which he attended during his studies in Milan (Italy) at Alta Scuola Politecnica (selective school for 150 students selected among the 6,000 enrolled in the Master's degrees (in engineering, architecture and design), dealing with complex interdisciplinary innovation via extra courses and a group project), obtaining a Master's degree in Ingegneria gestionale (management engineering) from Politecnico di Milano (Milan) and Politecnico di Torino (Turin). Pietro attended also the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique (ENSAE) in Paris (France) as a UNITECH student in 2005 and 2006. As an exchange student, he also studied at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne (Australia).
Pietro has been personal assistant in Italy to General Colin L. Powell (65th Secretary of State of the United States of America), to Garry Kasparov (former World Chess Champion and candidate to the 2008 Russian Presidential elections), to The Rt Hon. Lord Patten of Barnes, CH, PC (last Hong Kong governor under British rule and now Chancellor of Oxford University). For the World Marketing and Innovation Forum in Milan in May 2007, Pietro assisted Paco Underhill (founder and CEO of Envirosell – a company specialised in marketing studies).
After gaining experience at French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement – AFD) as an intern during his studies at the Ecole Polytechnique, after being Shell University Campus Manager in charge of the organisation of company presentations in Milan, and after another experience with consulting company Andromeda Consulting in Milan and Monte-Carlo, Pietro has worked as a business consultant at strategy consulting firm Bain & Company on projects in different sectors across Europe. Pietro is currently working for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva to create an economic model in pollution monitoring for UNECE Member States (Europe and Northern America) and to service the different bodies of the Aarhus Convention and the Kiev Protocol in environmental matters.
As of fall 2010 Pietro is at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University as a Giorgio Ruffolo-Empedocle Maffia fellow and as a member of the MPA2 class. The merit-based Ruffolo-Maffia fellowship is given to two Italians at Harvard and covers all academic costs for the two years and gives a monthly salary to cover living expenses. At Harvard Pietro envisages focusing on courses at the Kennedy School and at the Harvard Business School.
Pietro speaks fluently Italian, Greek, English and French and has got a working knowledge of German and Spanish. He is currently learning Russian.
Pietro was awarded an Accenture prize for the 3 best graduates, 3 editions of Emilio Massa prize for best students in his degree. He was also awarded 5 editions of "L'Europa e giovani" prize (between 1994 and 2004) and a "Telecom Italia" prize for various dissertations on creative or social or economic topics. He was also awarded several prizes for math and physics competitions during high school.
Pietro loves music, acting and dancing. He plays the clarinet and he used to sing in the choir of the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, for which he also organised the Italian tournée of concerts and receptions in Milan and Rome in June 2007. His performing skills have been enhanced by some amateur drama classes and a course at the Drama Centre of the Central Saint Martin's College in London. He has also attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. Pietro also likes skiing, sailing and athletics, and enjoys conferences especially with politics and international relations as main themes.
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