SIM Alumni

Giulia Balestra

Program Manager at Localization Lab

Giulia Balestra works as Program Manager at Localization Lab, an organization that makes open source and public interest technology available to underrepresented communities, bringing equal access to information and better representation online. Giulia has worked on humanitarian innovation, technology and forced displacement for the past eight years. She is interested in ethical and human rights-based approaches to digital technologies. Through her work, she seeks to re-imagine what a more inclusive and just future could look like, both online and offline.

Before joining Localization Lab, Giulia was leading research on innovation and refugee communities’ access to internet connectivity at the UN Refugee Agency’s Innovation Service (UNHCR). She has worked for various international organizations in East Africa and Europe, providing expertise on communication, ethnographic research, product development, User Experience (UX) research and design, and project management.

Giulia holds a Master of Science in Medical Anthropology and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology and Italian Literature.

You can read her articles on medium:
To the human, through the digital
The final frontier for inclusive connectivity
The misfit of innovation