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Francesco Bortoluzzi

Francesco Bortoluzzi

Francesco Bortoluzzi

ZHAW President's Office
Grüentalstrasse 14
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 59 86

Personal profile

Management role

Head, Sustainability Programs

Position at the ZHAW

Francesco Bortoluzzi is Head of Sustainability Programs at the ZHAW, where he heads the strategic programs for sustainable development “ZHAW sustainable” with Urs Hilber, Delegate of the University Executive Board for sustainable development. The programs of ZHAW sustainable cover all dimensions of sustainability and are guided by the ZHAW Sustainability Strategy, Green Impact Book, and the UN Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
A highly skilled international relations practitioner, Francesco Bortoluzzi has gathered wide-ranging experience in project and program management for international initiatives, academic relations, sustainable development, and mobility programs in Switzerland, Europe, and the United States. An effective international connector and communicator, he has been successful in fostering extensive contact networks and establishing institutional collaborations across two continents in dynamic and entrepreneurial settings, especially during his time with Swissnex in Boston and New York.

Expertise and research interests

Sustainable Development and Sustainability, Communications, International Relations, Transformation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Educational background

2015 MSc International Relations (with distiction), The University of Edinburgh
2014 BSc Communications Sciences and Media Management, USI - Università della Svizzera italiana

Professional milestones

2020- Head of Sustainability Programs, ZHAW
2016-2020 Academic Relations Manager, swissnex Boston / New York - Consulate of Switzerland
2015-2016 Program Manager for International Mobility Programs – International Relations & Study-Abroad Office / USI Università della Svizzera italiana

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