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Mr Salvatore Pedulla
Position(s) Head of Civil Society Support Room (CSSR) in the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria (OSE) at United Nations

Mr Salvatore Pedulla is an Executive-in-Residence within the Global Fellowship Initiative of the GCSP. Mr Salvatore Pedulla of Italy joined the United Nations in 2002 after successfully passing the Young Professional Program. Since then, he has gained a broad range of experience in conflict mediation, protection, humanitarian, human rights and development issues in some of the most sensitive UN field missions. In 2018, he successfully passed the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Assessments. He is currently the head of the Civil Society Support Room ( in the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria (OSE), a platform he established for the purpose of including Syrian civil society and Syrian women into the political process facilitated by the UN. At OSE-Syria, he is also in charge of the Office’s humanitarian diplomacy as acting Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the Special Envoy and Chairperson of the ISSG Humanitarian Task Force, a forum of 24 member states and regional organizations dedicated to broadening humanitarian access and protection of civilians and supporting the operational efforts UN humanitarian country team in Syria. Prior to his assignment at OSE Syria, he served in the Executive Office of the UNRWA Commissioner-General as senior regional adviser; as deputy head of the UNAMI Liaison Office in Tehran; as coordination adviser at UNSCOL in Beirut; and senior donors relations adviser to the Minister of Planning and Development Cooperation in Baghdad on secondment from UNAMI. His first UN assignment was at UN-ESCWA in Beirut as social affairs officer in charge of developing methodologies for community-driven development projects and fostering regional cooperation among member states on SDGs. Before joining the UN, Mr Pedulla served as social development adviser at the World Bank and at the Inter-American Development Bank, leading a number of poverty and social impact analysis of policy reforms in the context of national development strategies and local and institutional governance reforms in Nicaragua, Chad, Honduras, Chile and Peru. Mr Pedulla has obtained a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a Master’s degree in International and Diplomatic Relations (with a focus on International Economic Relations) from the School of Diplomacy at the Gorizia campus of the University of Trieste in Italy and a Joint-Hons Bachelor’s degree in European Studies (Public Policy) from the LSE, King’s College London and the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences Po). Mr Pedulla is married and has two children.