My name is Lorenzo Fioramonti and my first (pre)occupation is to be a loving husband and an affectionate father. My wife Janine and my sons Damiano and Lukas fill my life with joy and lots of fun. In my spare time, I work as professor at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), where I happen to direct a wonderful team at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. Our job is to stimulate new thinking in public affairs and policy making.
In my previous life, I worked for NGOs and newspapers, and consulted for governments and international institutions. I was lucky enough to be invited to join a number of research teams at various universities around the world. I still retain some of these affiliations, especially with the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg, the Hertie School of Governance and the United Nations University Comparative Regional Integration Studies.
I’m a member of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity (www.asap4all.org) and the founder of the action research network for a Wellbeing Economy in Africa (www.WE-Africa.org).
My view is that scholars must try their best to make a difference. Our daily life is too important to spend all our time dealing with piles of papers and dusty books. We need to get out there and make our voices heard. We owe it to ourselves. To our children. And to those who will come after us.