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Francesca Folda

Director of Cultural Impact and Corporate Communication, Sky Italia
Kenya Class 3

Francesca is an Italian journalist with 20 years experience in news reporting. During her career she has written for Ansa and Panorama (leading press agency and newsmagazine) about the mafia, human rights, and social development, and has reported from war-struck countries such as Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Her insatiable thirst for learning led her to often explore different media and opportunities. After many years in investigative print journalism, she has also been Editor-in-Chief of prestigious Italian multi-platform mastheads: at Sky.it she launched the news, sport and entertainment websites of the main Italian pay TV channels. At Focus, the most widely read Italian magazine over the last 20 years, she managed a complete re-design and a new digital strategy during a company turnaround, proving her managerial skills and her quality as a team builder and change manager.

At 41, at the top of her field, she resigned her job in order to reconnect to the values that drive her professional passions: curiosity for people and ideas, building networks and social impact. She travelled around the world for three months, before settling in Nairobi. After graduating in Social Innovation Management at Amani Institute, Francesca felt her journey wasn’t yet over as she considers Kenya a rich source of inspiration and opportunities for everyone, not just Kenyans.

In addition to her work as a Senior Advisor at Amani Institute, she is also a Communication & Marketing consultant for eLimu (a Kenyan digital education social enterprise) and for MMWCA (the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association).