The GSIF is managed by a Mission Development Office (MDO) located in Rome. The team includes Cristina Duranti, Director; Andrea Curreri, Program Manager; Simone Capolupo, Project Manager and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist; and Calogero Gugliotta, Financial and Administration Manager. The MDO works in partnership with the regional MDOs in Lebanon, Angola, Bolivia and India.  


Cristina Duranti, Director

Cristina graduated in 1999 from Siena University in Communications and Economics and got her PhD in Economics of Information from the University of Florence. As a researcher and consultant for Italian Universities and Government agencies in Economic Policy, Economics of Public Goods, Management of Non Profit Organizations she worked as a grant writer and project manager for EU funded programs in Italy, Belgium, UK. In 2007 she was hired by the Good Shepherd sisters to set up the Mission Development Office in Rome, which was incorporated in 2008 as the Good Shepherd International Foundation. In her role as Director of the Foundation, Cristina has visited many Good Shepherd projects in the Global South, organized capacity building programs for Good Shepherd sisters and staff in South Africa, Lebanon, Thailand, Kenya and contributed to raise $4.5 million in 5 years to develop projects in Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Angola, Congo, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, , Bolivia, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua.


Andrea Curreri, Program Manager

Andrea earned a degree in Sociology in 2000 from Roma ''La Sapienza'' University and in 2001 earned a Master's Degree in Anthropology of Development from Sussex Universitiy (Brighton, UK). He worked as a Project Manager for international NGOs in Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Tanzania and Brazil with a special focus on Public Health, HIV prevention and capacity building programs. He joined the Good Shepherd Sisters in 2011 as Coordinator of an international program to strengthen the GS Economic Justice network. In addition to that role he has supported the MDO in grant writing, project management and organizational developement in Kenya, Angola, Mozambique, Thailand, Philippines, India, Nepal and Latin America.


Simone Capolupo, Project Manager and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Simone graduated in 2004 from Milan “Bocconi” University in Public Administration and International Institutions Management and gained a MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the London University. He has worked as consultant for Ernst and Young, the UK Government Department for Work and Pensions, the Development and Cohesion Policies (DPS) Department of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. Simone is responsible for the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit that collects and manages information from the grassroots to assess the impact of Good Shepherd programs in the Global South and help guide the strategic programs of the MDO in the future. 


Calogero Gugliotta, Financial and Administration Manager  

Calogero has a degree in Economcs and in Political Science and brings to the GSIF 10 years of experience as a Financial Manger for NGOs in Angola and Tanzania. Calogero joined the team in 2014 and currently develops, coordinates and administers the financial and administrative components of the Foundation, and its relations with the local partners in the developing countries. Calogero plans for proper recording, documentation, control, monitoring, accounting and reporting of financial operations, as well as overall compliance with donor rules and regulations. He also plans, organizes, directs and is responsible for providing quality financial services in Rome and supports/monitors grants financial management at the grassroots level in collaboration with the local Program Officers.  


Marco Casavecchia, Capacity Development Specialist

Marco brings to this position a wide range of experience in organisational and capacity development, effective learning, coaching, and management of training programmes. He has supported grassroots organisations, non-governmental organisation, public institutions, and private corporates in dozens of countries across the world. He is a professional qualified social worker graduated at the University of Perugia in 1987, Associate CIPD (UK Chartered Institute for Profession Development), he holds a master as qualified health service manager. Marco is also a HR - learning and development specialist and he has worked as leadership and executives consultant, life coach and person-centred counsellor with over 30 years successful international experience.