Gioel Gioacchino

For Gioel’s TEDxYouth@Montreal video, click HERE Gioel is currently a Sauvé Scholar 2012/13 and the Executive Director of Recrear –an international network of young professionals, consultants, and students collaborating to create new ways of interacting and delivering ideas in international development. The belief that intercultural dialogue is a powerful instrument for international development is at the centre of Gioel’s work. Gioel grew up in a small town in central Italy, but soon left to explore the world. In 2007, she studied conflict resolution aboard the Scholar Ship, a passenger ship hosting students from all over the world on a four-month trip around the world. This was a true intercultural experiment that profoundly impacted her vision. In 2008/09, Gioel received a grant to study and work in Germany for a year and spent a month in Nablus, Palestine, delivering a Cultural Dialogue workshop with Project Hope. Following that project, she co-founded Recrear. Two years later, in 2011, she was elected executive director and since, then her “life has been packed in a suitcase.” Recrear’s projects have taken Gioel to Palestine, the Dominican Republic, Canada and Bangladesh. In the past year, she worked as a research associate for the International Institute for Trade and Development in Bangkok, Thailand, and for the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador. As part of her research in Ecuador, she spent two months travelling around the Esmeraldas province with 100 Voices, a Recrear project aimed at exploring the participation of youth in community development. Gioel holds a BA in International Studies from the University of New Orleans and an MPhil in Development Studies from Cambridge University. Believing that Recrear is an organization with the right attitude, human resources and energy to deliver increasingly sophisticated projects, Gioel is devoting her Sauvé Year to developing a model to ensure Recrear’s financial sustainability while continuing to focus on the organizations’ programs and vision.