Alessandra Borchi

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Alessandra Borchi

Alessandra Borchi is a professional in intergovernmental cultural cooperation with seventeen years of experience within the United Nations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the LUISS Guido Carli University in Italy and a master’s degree in tourism valorization of cultural heritage from Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne University in France.

She has been working since 2005 for UNESCO, the United Nations agency dealing with education, culture and the sciences, both at headquarters and at country level, in a variety of roles and responsibilities related to the backstopping of intergovernmental processes, the management of culture programs and the coordination of emergency response operations.

She started her career in the general policy unit of the World Heritage Centre, where she conducted monitoring missions to over 300 World Heritage sites all over the world. She then moved to the field to oversee culture-related projects in the UNESCO offices in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Dar-es-Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. She was subsequently called back to headquarters to join the executive office of the assistant director-general for culture.

In 2016, she was appointed emergency response coordinator, overseeing over 100 operations in countries affected by conflicts and disasters. In 2021, she moved to Havana (Cuba) to take up duties of senior program coordinator within the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean. She oversees Transcultura, the largest UNESCO program in the region, which is creating the first-ever regional training center for young cultural professionals.

Alessandra is Italian and speaks English, French and Spanish.

Conversation Topics

From prehistory to Le Corbusier
From the prehistoric site of Su Nuraxi in Barumini to the Greek temples in Segesta and Selinunte, from the ancient Roman remains in the Eternal City to the medieval city of Erice, all the way to the modern architecture of Le Corbusier in Marseille … get an overview of the architectural masterpieces that you will be able to visit during our cruise.

Working for the United Nations
Working in the national civil service means serving one country; working in the international civil service means serving 196. Alessandra has been working for the United Nations for 17 years and will accompany you through the backstage of a very unusual and unknown profession, full of unknowns, challenges, great encounters and incredible surprises.

The French riviera and its artists
Outdoor painting led the masters of the 19th century towards the light of the south: Renoir came and settled in Cagnes-sur-Mer, Matisse and Chagall in Nice, Picasso in Antibes. The Riviera then began to attract collectors and patrons who flocked to the shores of the Mediterranean. The result today, to the delight of art lovers, is a density of museums and foundations which makes the region not only a landscape of incredible beauty, but a true cultural paradise.

Rome, the treasures of the Eternal City
The city of Rome tells an extraordinary secular story of power, faith and wealth, which finds its expression in the outstanding architecture of the city, but also in the exceptional works of art “hidden” within its buildings. This journey will introduce you to the highlights of the "Eternal City" and to some of the secret treasures that make Rome one of the most visited cities in the world.