Our staff

Our staff

Strategic direction and management

Cecilia Hewlett

Cecilia Hewlett

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Europe)


Professor Cecilia Hewlett leads the strategic planning and direction of our centre's activities. She is also Associate Dean (International) of the Faculty of Arts. Professor Hewlett was director of our centre 2012-2020 and played a key role in its establishment with the founding director, the late Emeritus Professor Bill Kent. With a PhD in Renaissance history, she has held fellowships at Harvard University's Villa I Tatti and the European University Institute. Her publications include: The Italian Garden: Restoring a Renaissance Garden in Tuscany (co-edited with Narelle McAuliffe); Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F.W. Kent (co-edited with Peter Howard) and Rural Communities in Renaissance Tuscany. Contact Professor Hewlett if your institution or organisation has a proposal for academic or industry collaboration with Monash University in Europe.

Cathy Crupi 2023

Cathy Crupi

Associate Director

cathy.crupi@monash.edu +39 0574 436921

Cathy Crupi contributes to the strategic planning and direction of our centre while heading overall operations on the ground in Prato. A Commerce (Honours) and Languages graduate of Monash University, Cathy oversees our centre's major functional areas and liaises with relevant divisions at the home campus. She also manages our centre's human resources. If you wish to be considered for future employment opportunities, forward Cathy your curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Heather MacLeod

Heather MacLeod

Program Manager

heather.macleod@monash.edu +39 0574 436954

Heather MacLeod manages and coordinates the operations of our programs area, including Academic Programs, Student Services and Engagement, and Accommodation. An Italian honours graduate from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) with a passion for travel, Heather’s experience in student support, housing and university admissions, along with her background working in the court service, helps ensure that our programs and activities are fit for purpose. Contact Heather if you are interested in running an undergraduate or graduate program in Prato.

Academic programs, student services, and visual residency

Loredana D'Elia

Loredana D'Elia

Senior Coordinator Academic Partnerships and Engagement

loredana.delia@monash.edu +39 0574 436928

Loredana D'Elia contributes to the coordination of university academic programs at our centre. She will help you develop and implement a program embedded in a European context. Interested in our internship program? Loredana will help place you if you are a student, or she will find a Monash intern with the perfect profile for your organisation. With her background in translation studies, Loredana can help you navigate cross-cultural workplace experiences.

Mariagiulia Da Riva

Mariagiulia Da Riva

Student Engagement and Support Coordinator

mariagiulia.dariva@monash.edu +39 0574 436929
Community engagement enquiries: community@monash.it
Student services enquiries: studentservices@monash.it

Mariagiulia Da Riva coordinates our community engagement initiatives and student communications. Born and raised in Prato, with an MA in Spanish Literature and Translation from the University of Florence, Mariagiulia will help you navigate the local scene to maximise your overseas study experience. If you’re a student, she’ll put you in contact with locals through initiatives such as Buon Appetito! family meals and our homestay program. Mariagiulia also coordinates our Visual Residency program, connecting our artist-in-residence with the local arts scene.

Maurizio Belli

Maurizio Belli

Senior Coordinator Student Support

maurizio.belli@monash.edu +39 0574 436925
Student services enquiries: studentservices@monash.it

Maurizio Belli manages health and wellbeing issues and provides guidance and support services to students and accompanying staff as you settle into Prato. Originally from Florence, and having lived and worked in Spain, Maurizio’s knowledge and experience of study abroad programs and student housing ensures you will be well supported during your stay in Prato.

Teaching staff

Samuele Grassi

Samuele Grassi

Lecturer, Italian Studies

samuele.grassi@monash.edu +39 0574 4369235

Dr Samuele Grassi teaches intensive in-country Italian Studies units for the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and our Parliamo! not-for-credit course. He has published in both English and Italian on queer and performance studies, feminist and lesbian theatre, and feminist queer theories and anti-authoritarian political thought. His post-doctoral independent research has focused specifically on the connections between feminist queer theories and interdisciplinary, critical pedagogies to encompass sexuality and citizenship education, activist performances, and cultural and educational exchanges.

Research, conferences and school programs

Sarah Gore 2023

Sarah Gore

Senior Events Officer

sarah.gore@monash.edu +39 0574 436920
Booking enquiries (research meetings and conferences): complete this online form
General enquiries (research meetings and conferences): conferences@monash.it
Australian secondary school enquiries: schools@monash.it

Sarah Gore coordinates our centre’s vibrant calendar of events. If you're organising a research workshop, conference or other event, Sarah will be your key contact to ensure it runs smoothly. She also coordinates our Australian secondary school study tour program. Originally from England, Sarah has been living in Italy for over 35 years and has a wealth of local knowledge and international event management experience.

Services and facilities

Leonardo Piovesan 2023

Leonardo Piovesan

Finances and Administration

leonardo.piovesan@monash.edu +39 0574 436924
Finance and billing enquiries: accounts@monash.it

Leonardo Piovesan is responsible for various aspects of our centre's administration, especially finances. If you're organising a conference or event at our centre, Leonardo will provide you with on-the-ground assistance and help you liaise with local suppliers to secure the best price for services or products.

Leonardo Tinti 2023

Leonardo Tinti

Senior Networks and Systems Administrator

leonardo.tinti@monash.edu +39 0574 436936
IT service enquiries: it@monash.it

Leonardo Tinti manages all IT related matters at our centre, from the servers and network devices to computer hardware and software trouble-shooting. He also maintains our audio-visual facilities and keeps our IT systems secure. Contact Leonardo if you are organising a conference or course and need advice on our IT and Audio Visual services.

Andrea Tilli 2023

Andrea Tilli

IT Support

andrea.tilli@monash.edu +39 0574 436936
IT service enquiries: it@monash.it

Andrea Tilli will help you with anything IT related that you might need during your time at our centre, such as connecting to wifi, configuring your presentation for a conference, printing a document, or hardware and software issues.

Francesca Vivarelli

Francesca Vivarelli

Accommodation Officer

francesca.vivarelli@monash.edu +39 0574 43691
Accommodation enquiries: accommodation@monash.it

Francesca Vivarelli will help you find the right accommodation in Prato, whether you're a student looking for a suitable long-term option, a conference organiser who wants advice on hotels or residences, or a Monash visiting staff member who may be interested in staying in our apartments located on the third floor. Francesca’s extensive experience in the tourism industry means that you are in good hands.

Monica Liverani 2023

Monica Liverani

Receptionist and Administration Officer

monica.liverani@monash.edu +39 0574 43691
General enquiries: info@monash.it

Monica Liverani welcomes you at reception. A graduate of East Asian languages, and multimedia communication and events, she has studied in London and Tokyo. With over a decade's experience in the tourism sector, Monica will connect you to places and activities at our centre and in Prato and Florence.

Roberto Amaro 2023

Roberto Amaro

Building Maintenance

roberto.amaro@monash.edu +39 0574 43691

Roberto Amaro maintains our facilities and prepares all our room set-ups. You are most likely to see Roberto on-site during weekday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Donata Batisti

Maria Donata Batisti

Building Maintenance

donata.batisti@monash.edu +39 0574 436927

Donata Batisti works on facility-related projects at our centre. A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Florence, she specialises in interior design and renovation.