Parallel Session 3.1: For the Survival of the Planet

Danilo Salerno is the ICA Cooperatives of the Americas’ Regional Director.

Born in Italy, Danilo Salerno is an International development expert with a passion for multilateralism and a deep sense of Justice, Fairness, Equality. 

He has an extensive professional record within the cooperative movement, both at domestic and international level. He has a Degree in Political Science from the University of Bologna, with a thesis on the emergence of the Chilean cooperative movement. Salerno also has a Master’sDegree in Nonprofit Organizations and European Project Management (ASVI, Rome) as well as a Master’s Degree in European and International Relations (La Sapienza University, Rome); additionally, he has a Diploma in Latin American Studies from the Italian-Latin American Institute, Rome.

Before his current role, Salerno was serving as Director of Coopermondo, the NGO created by Confcooperative, the largest apex organization of the Italian cooperative movement.

From February 2016 to August 2018 Salerno was Chairman of the “working group on private sector engagement” of the National Council for Development Cooperation, under the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2011, he also has served as the Confcooperative Representative for International Development Cooperation at the Cooperatives Europe working group for the International Development Platform.

His professional background also includes several direct work experiences with cooperative and solidarity economy organizations from different countries in Latin America.