Maria Donatelli is a human rights expert and project manager with seventeen years of experience in the development and humanitarian fields. Before joining Unitaid, she was senior manager at Coalition PLUS, an international network of community organizations fighting HIV, AIDS and hepatitis. In this role, she managed a Unitaid funded project aiming at increasing awareness about Hepatitis C among key populations and advocating for better access, at community level, to testing and treatment in terms of prices and service delivery.
As a member of the developed countries NGO delegation to the Global Fund Board, she worked for equitable access to resources aimed at the elimination of the three pandemics and the mobilization of resources from donor countries, during the reconstitution of the Fund in 2022.
Before joining Coalition PLUS, she was the Director of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. She has also held positions at Oxfam International, supporting members’ advocacy campaigns of the network at the United Nations in New York.
Maria, originally from Italy, holds a master’s degree in human rights and conflict management from the Sant’Anna School of advanced studies, a diploma in migrant health from Université Sorbonne Paris Nord and a degree in political science from the University of Florence.