• Ms. Fiorina Mugione

Ms. Fiorina Mugione

Director for Africa, the Caribbean, Pacific


Fiorina is an economist with an MBA in International Trade. She has 20 years’ experience in international organisations, where she has led more than 30 private sector development programmes (OECD, ESCAP; UNDESA, UNCTAD). 

Between 2006 and 2019, she led the Entrepreneurship Programme at UNCTAD. This Programme aims to inspire entrepreneurship and strengthen the supply capacity of small and medium enterprises through business links. Fiorina coordinated the EMPRETEC programme – the one stop agency for small and medium sized enterprise development – in 40 countries around the world. She took up her new role with GDSI in July 2019. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I practice yoga and I enjoy it a lot, even if I am forever a beginner.  I love swimming and easy hikes.  For relaxation, I enjoy reading historical fictions or a good thriller. Among my favourite authors are Alexander McCall Smith and Graham Green.  I was in a Book Club for a while reading all Nobel literatures but I dropped out… I enjoy cooking and I have written lyrics for some musician friends – so I listen to these songs trying to drum audience for their youtube channels. I enjoy listening  to the radio, mostly jazz, blues and R&B.

What is your favourite country you have visited?

All countries with active volcanos are my favourites, e,g, Ecaudor, Indonesia, Italy and El Salvador.

Who inspires you the most?

Women leaders that contributed to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, for example Simone Veil, Michelle Obama.

How do you deal with stressful situations?

I’ll get out of it! It is usually good to talk with a friend and cool down before taking action.

If you could witness one moment in history what would it be?

I would like to see the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – the world’s to do list – fully implemented: end poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle climate change.