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Elena Locatelli, Education in Emergency and Resilience Specialist Strong of 25 years of professional experience in the Education sector, Elena Locatelli is the Education in Emergency and Resilience for UNICEF WCARO. Always passionate about this field, she truly believes that the development of a country passes through the opportunities given to the youngest generation to discover, know, and learn. After working for 9 years in NGOs, she yearned to be able to influence governments on Education Policy and decided to join UNICEF in 2009. Prior to WCARO, Elena served as chief Education in Mali, for 3 and half year, where she was responsible for the design and management of the Education Program, including Education in Emergency interventions, revisiting the education and pedagogical methods used in the past as a starting point for creatively rethinking how education issue can be addressed in the 21st Century. Prior to Mali she served as Education Specialist in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Goma Eastern Zone office, for seven years, leading a team of 9 staff located in four different Provinces, where she collaborated in the implementation of Cash Transfers in the Rapid Response Mechanism approach for the education component. She contributed to the development of a guide on Natural Risk Reduction for schools under volcanic threats.