Rossella Miccio

President of EMERGENCY since 2017.

“Recognising the dignity of every individual
is a powerful antidote against racism and indifference”

(Rossella Miccio, at the launch of EMERGENCY’s 'Every person counts' campaign)

Rossella Miccio has been President of EMERGENCY since 2017.


Always driven by the principle of free and high-quality healthcare for all, Rossella has played a pivotal role developing the organisation’s projects around the world.

In her previous position as Director of the Field Operations Department, she worked to develop EMERGENCY’s humanitarian programmes in Afghanistan, Sudan, and Uganda, whilst developing key strategic international partnerships.

She cooperated with the Sudanese authorities to open the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum in 2007, the first free centre for cardiac surgery on the African continent. In 2013, she worked with the Ugandan authorities to promote and facilitate the construction of the first regional Centre of Excellence in Paediatric Surgery in Entebbe.

In her role as President, Rossella leads EMERGENCY’s involvement in global events like the Paris Peace Forum and World Innovation Summit for Health, and movements such as the People’s Vaccine Alliance and the European Citizens Initiative’s Right2Cure.

Since 2003, she has sat on EMERGENCY’s Executive Committee and she has been a member of the Italian National Council for Development Cooperation since 2015.

Rossella holds a postgraduate degree in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution from Uppsala University, Sweden.

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