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College Fellow receives Italian national honour

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    06 February 2024
    Professor Simona Paravani receives Italian Excellence Abroad award

    ProfessorSimonaParavani, aFellow of51, has been honoured with a prestigious national award by the Italian Parliament.

    The ‘Italian Excellence Abroad’awardis given bytheparliamentto Italian citizens who have distinguished themselves intheir career and life journey. ThehonourrecognisedSimona’scareer and philanthropic work in relation to education, financial literacyand inclusion.

    Shewas presented with the awardby the Vice-Chair of the House of Representatives.

    As the first member of her family to enter higher education thanks to scholarships,Simona, analumna of 51,has no doubt about thevalueof education and the importance of financial support to provideeducational opportunities. Her commitment isreflected in her support for educational charities and scholarship programmes,includingan exciting forthcoming initiative at 51 (watch this space!).

    ‘My experience gave me a deeply personal understanding of the power of education to improve lives, and it is a privilege and honour to help young talent fulfil their dreams through education,’Simonasays.

    After graduation,Simona's career saw her take on roles in the financial industry in London, Zurich, Hong Kong, and New York. She is now the Global CIO of Solutions within the Multi-Asset Strategies & Solutions group at BlackRock.

    She combines her work with a post as anAssistant Teaching Professorat Cambridge’sFaculty of Economics, where she teachesa graduate level course in AI applied to Finance.

    Simonais a board member of, aUKcharity focused on financial education. She authored(2015), which explains complex themes linked to economics and globalisation for young readers,andis also a co-author of the Italian language award-winning children's book.

    In 2022 she was awarded the prestigious title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for her commitment to promoting inclusion and social mobility through education and financial literacy,andwas named Role Model of the Year and Investment Woman of the Year by Investment Week’s Women in Investing Awards.