Our staff

Our staff

Strategic direction and management

Cecilia Hewlett

Cecilia Hewlett

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Prato Centre and Global Network Development)

cecilia.hewlett@monash.edu

Cecilia leads the strategic planning and direction of our centre's activities, with guidance from the Prato Board. She is also Associate Dean (International) of the Faculty of Arts. Cecilia played a key role in the centre’s establishment with its founding director, the late Emeritus Professor Bill Kent. She held the position of director of our centre 2012-2020. With a PhD in Renaissance history, she has held fellowships at Harvard University's Villa I Tatti and the European University Institute. Her publications include: The Italian Garden: Restoring a Renaissance Garden in Tuscany (co-edited with Narelle McAuliffe); Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F.W. Kent (co-edited with Peter Howard) and Rural Communities in Renaissance Tuscany. Contact Cecilia if your institution or organisation has a proposal for academic or industry collaboration with Monash University in Europe.

Cathy Crupi

Cathy Crupi

Manager

cathy.crupi@monash.edu
+39 0574 436921

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

Academic programs, student services, and visual residency

Loredana D'Elia

Loredana D'Elia

Academic Programs and Internships Coordinator

loredana.delia@monash.edu
+39 0574 436928

Loredana is the key contact point for all academic programs at our centre. Contact Loredana if you are interested in either running or attending a course here.

Interested in our internship program? Loredana will help place you if you are a student, or she will find a Monash intern with the perfect profile for your organisation.

Samuele Grassi

Samuele Grassi

Lecturer, Italian Studies

samuele.grassi@monash.edu

Samuele teaches intensive in-country Italian Studies units for the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts. He also teaches our Parliamo! not-for-credit course, giving students and staff some Italian language and culture basics. He joined Monash in 2010 and he is currently a University of Florence-Monash University Fellow. Samuele has published in both English and Italian on queer and performance studies, feminist and lesbian theatre, and, more recently, feminist queer theories and anti-authoritarian political thought. His post-doctoral independent research has focused specifically on the connections between feminist queer theories and interdisciplinary, critical pedagogies to encompass sexuality and citizenship education, activist performances, and cultural and educational exchanges.

Mariagiulia Dariva

Mariagiulia Da Riva

Student Engagement and Support

mariagiulia.dariva@monash.edu
+39 0574 436929
Community engagement enquiries: community@monash.it
Student services enquiries: studentservices@monash.it

Mariagiulia coordinates our community engagement initiatives. Born and raised in Prato, with a background in foreign languages, Mariagiulia will help you navigate the local scene to maximise your overseas study experience. If you’re a student coming to Prato, she’ll put you in contact with locals through initiatives such as Buon Appetito! family meals and our homestay program. Mariagiulia also coordinates our Visual Residency program, connecting our artist-in-residence with the local arts scene.

Heather MacLeod

Heather MacLeod

Student Support

heather.macleod@monash.edu
+39 0574 436954
Student services enquiries: studentservices@monash.it

Heather supports our students during their time in Prato, using her background in university admissions and more recently in student services and housing in Florence. She will help you meet locals, and even learn a little Italian, through our Conversation Exchange initiative. Originally from Scotland, Heather is a language graduate with a passion for Italy and travel so she’s always happy to share travel ideas during your stay here.

Research, conferences and school programs

Matteo Dutto

Matteo Dutto

Postdoctoral Fellow

matteo.dutto@monash.edu
+39 0574 436938

Matteo is working on the Youth in the City research project. Awarded a PhD by Monash University, Matteo’s research interests include how cultural producers collaborate with Indigenous, migrant and multiethnic communities to produce transmedia and transcultural counter-narratives of belonging and identity. His work has been published in Studies in Documentary Film and Fulgor and he recently collaborated on the production of the Australian Indigenous Film and Television online knowledge-sharing platform. His first monograph Legacies of Indigenous Resistance was published by Peter Lang Oxford in 2019.

Sarah Gore

Sarah Gore

Senior Events Officer

sarah.gore@monash.edu
+39 0574 436920
Australian secondary school enquiries: schools@monash.it

Sarah coordinates our centre’s vibrant calendar of events. If you're organising a research workshop, conference or other event, Sarah will be your key contact to ensure it runs smoothly. She also coordinates our Australian secondary school study tour program. Originally from England, Sarah has been living in Italy for over 35 years and has a wealth of local knowledge and international event management experience.

Services and facilities

Francesca Vivarelli

Francesca Vivarelli

Accommodation Officer

francesca.vivarelli@monash.edu
+39 0574 43691
Accommodation enquiries: accommodation@monash.it

Francesca will help you find the right accommodation in Prato, whether you're a student looking for a suitable long-term option, a conference organiser who wants advice on hotels or residences, or a Monash visiting staff member who may be interested in staying in our apartments located on the third floor. Francesca’s extensive experience in the tourism industry means that you are in good hands.

Maria Donata Batisti

Maria Donata Batisti

Building Maintenance

donata.batisti@monash.edu
+39 0574 436927

Donata works on facility-related projects at our centre.

A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Florence, she specialises in interior design and renovation.

Leonardo Piovesan

Leonardo Piovesan

Finances and Administration

leonardo.piovesan@monash.edu
+39 0574 436924
Finance and billing enquiries: accounts@monash.it

Leonardo is responsible for various aspects of our centre's administration, especially finances. If you're organising a conference or event at our 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.

Andrea Tilli

IT Support

andrea.tilli@monash.edu
+39 0574 436936
IT service enquiries: it@monash.it

Andrea will help you with anything IT related you might need during your time at our centre, such as connecting to wifi, configuring your presentation for a conference, printing a document, or hardware and software issues.

Leonardo Tinti

Leonardo Tinti

Networks and Systems Administrator

leonardo.tinti@monash.edu
+39 0574 436936
IT service enquiries: it@monash.it

Leonardo manages all IT related matters at our centre, from the servers and network devices to computer hardware and software trouble-shooting. He also maintains our audio-visual facilities and keeps our IT systems secure. Contact Leonardo if you are organising a conference or course and need advice on our technical facilities.

Monica Liverani

Monica Liverani

Receptionist

monica.liverani@monash.edu
+39 0574 43691
General enquiries: info@monash.it

Monica will welcome you at reception with a warm smile. Coming from a career in customer care and hospitality, most recently as a hotel receptionist in the heart of Florence, Monica will help you with anything you might need during your stay.

Narelle McAuliffe

Narelle McAuliffe

Senior Coordinator, International Campus and Major Alliance Support

narelle.mcauliffe@monash.edu
+61 3 990 54677
Alumni enquiries: pratoalumni@monash.it

Based in Melbourne in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Narelle coordinates our communications and provides advice on various projects.

Did you study at Monash Prato? Narelle will help you stay connected with the centre and other Prato alumni.