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Cecilia Hewlett

Cecilia Hewlett
Director
prato.director@monash.edu
Meetings with the Director by appointment only.

Dr Hewlett played a key role in the centre’s establishment alongside its Founding Director, the late Emeritus Professor Bill Kent. The Director of the centre since mid-2012, Dr Hewlett leads the strategic planning and direction of the centre's activities with the guidance of the Prato Centre Board. A Renaissance historian herself, Dr Hewlett's recent publications include: Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F.W. Kent edited with Associate Professor Peter Howard and published by Brepols in 2016; ‘Locating Contadini in the Renaissance City: Food Circulation and Mobility in the Marketplace’ in I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance, vol. 19, n. 1 (2016); and an article about the sack of Prato published in Prato Storia e Arte. Contact Dr Hewlett if your institution or organisation has a proposal for academic or industry collaboration with Monash University in Europe.

Cathy Crupi

Cathy Crupi
Centre Manager
+39 0574 436921 cathy.crupi@monash.edu

Cathy has been the Manager of the centre since 2011. You can contact Cathy if you wish to book the centre for an international conference or meeting, teaching program, or event. In addition to overseeing the centre's program of activities, Cathy also manages the centre's general operations including human resources. If you wish to be considered for upcoming employment opportunities, forward Cathy your curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Loredana D'Elia

Loredana D'Elia
Academic Programs and Internships Coordinator
+39 0574 436928 loredana.delia@monash.edu

Loredana is the key contact point for all academic programs at the centre. Contact Loredana if you are interested in either running or attending a course at Monash Prato. Interested in our internship programs? Loredana will help place you if you are a student, or if you are an employer, she will find you a Monash intern with the perfect profile for your organisation.

Photograph of Mariagiulia Da Riva
 
Mariagiulia Da Riva
Student Engagement and Support  
 
If you're a student coming to Prato, Mariagiulia will help you navigate the local scene, both inside and outside the centre, to maximise your study abroad experience. Born and bred in Prato, Mariagiulia will advise you on our community engagement initiatives such as Conversation Exchange and Buon Appetito! family meals. Don't forget to drop her a line to tell her how you went once you return home!
Sarah Gore

 

Sarah Gore
Events Officer and Receptionist
+39 0574 43691 sarah.gore@monash.edu

Sarah will immediately make you feel welcome when you walk into reception for the first time at Palazzo Vai. Originally from England, Sarah has been living in Italy for over 20 years. If you're organising a major conference, Sarah will be your local liaison support to ensure the event runs smoothly. She will advise you on your next cross-cultural encounter whether you're a student or visitor.

Samuele Grassi
Lecturer, Italian Studies
samuele.grassi@monash.edu

Samuele is a lecturer in Italian Studies, delivering both intensive beginners and intermediate units, for the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, as well as the Parliamo! not-for-credit course designed specifically for students and staff visiting the centre. Samuele joined Monash in 2010; he previously taught Italian as a second language in international institutes in Florence. Samuele holds a PhD in English and American Studies and a Masters in Translation Studies from the University of Florence. His research interests include queer and performance studies and anti-authoritarian political thought, Italian contemporary theatre and performance studies, and Irish culture.

Narelle McAuliffe

Narelle McAuliffe
Communications and Alumni Engagement Coordinator
+61 3 990 20134 narelle.mcauliffe@monash.edu

Now based in Melbourne, Narelle has worked for the centre since 2009. She coordinates our communications and marketing. Contact Narelle for assistance with promoting your Prato education and research initiatives. Did you study at Monash Prato? Narelle will help you stay connected with the centre and other Prato alumni.

 

Leonardo Piovesan
Administration and IT Support
+39 0574 436924 leonardo.piovesan@monash.edu

Leonardo is responsible for various aspects of the centre's administration, including finances and event coordination. He also provides IT assistance to visitors. If you're organising a conference or event at the centre, Leonardo will provide you with on-the-ground assistance and help you liaise with local suppliers to secure the best price for services or products.

Leonardo Tinti

Leonardo Tinti
Network and Systems Administrator
+39 0574 436936 leonardo.tinti@monash.edu

Since 2009 Leonardo has been managing all IT-related matters at the centre, from audio-visual, to pc software and hardware trouble-shooting, to server management. Contact Leonardo if you are organising a conference or course and need advice on our technical facilities.

Francesca Vivarelli

 

 

Francesca Vivarelli
Receptionist and Accommodation Officer
+39 0574 43691 francesca.vivarelli@monash.edu

Francesca will greet you with a smile at reception and help you find the right accommodation in Prato, whether you're a student looking for a suitable long-term option, a conference delegate who's after the convenience of a hotel or residence, or Monash visiting staff who may be interested in our apartments located on the third floor. Francesca’s extensive experience in the tourism industry means that you will always be in good hands.

Donata Batisti Maria Donata Batisti
Building maintenance
+39 0574 436927 donata.batisti@monash.it

A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Florence, Donata specialises in interior design and renovation. She has collaborated with the centre on facility-related projects since 2009.

Gabrielle Russo

Gabrielle Russo
Receptionist
+39 0574 43691 gabrielle.russo@monash.edu

Gabrielle will give you a warm welcome and a big smile when you arrive at reception. Born in Australia and deeply inspired by her Italian grandparents, she came to Florence in 2012 to brush up on her Italian language skills. If you’re studying Italian at Monash, Gabrielle would love to share in your enthusiasm, so say ‘ciao’ as you pass by. And if you’re heading to Florence for a day trip, feel free to ask her for a few suggestions.