MESCI-Development Economics and International Cooperation

Master in
Development Economics and
International Cooperation

Alumni 2009/2010

Valentina COSTA


I am Italian, from Rome and I am 24. I have got a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree in Anthropology and Ethnology summa con laude at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. I specialized in Economical Anthropology of Arab countries, in particular I studied the ethical economy of Islamic finance and Islamic banks such as Faisal Bank. For my research I moved to Cairo where I lived for several months and I had the opportunity to interview managers of Faisal Bank of Cairo and many important Egyptian economists.
Before Egypt I went to Lebanon, Tunisia and Syria to study Arabic language and  to improve my knowledge of Arabic culture.
I worked as voluntary in co-operation two projects developed by Legambiente in France and in one developed in Germany and I have been cooperating with the Onlus Lunaria in Rome.
Because of my experiences abroad I speak good English, some Arabic and a little bit of French.
I really would like to combine my passion for Arab countries and my interest in international co-operation for development.