Director – Active Citizenship Network (ACN)
Responsible for EU Affairs at the Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva
Mariano Votta, public affairs professional and journalist, is the Director of Active Citizenship Network (ACN), the international branch of the Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva, where he is responsible for European Affairs.
Passionate about healthcare and consumer issues, he has more than 18 years of experience in the field of advocacy, stakeholder engagement, European projects, communication and civic information.
Mariano’s role is in Public Affairs and Project Management at EU level now, but he began his career working in journalism as Communication Officer at Cittadinanzattiva. In this position, he was involved for the first time at international level within the United Nation Development Programme, where he worked as consultant in Public Services and Communication in Colombia from 2010 to 2012.
Then, he moved on to take up his current position within ACN in 2013. Since then, he has been actively involved as ACN stepped up its advocacy activities at the European Institutions, which in 2015 led to the opening of a representative office in Brussels and – above all – to the launch of the MEP Interest Group “European Patients’ Rights & Cross-Border Healthcare”, promoted with the endorsement of almost 100 organizations across Europe. Furthermore, in 2016, Mariano won the Efhre International University Excellence Awards on patients’ rights.
Mariano Votta officially represents ACN abroad, with the European Commission DG Health, DG Consumers, DG Move, DG Migration and Home Affairs and with all the other stakeholders. He is also in the Board/Executive Committee of Cittadinanzattiva (since 2013), Pain Alliance Europe (since 2014), Societal Impact of Pain (since 2016) and Health First Europe (since 2017), Movimento Europeo (since 2019) and the international peer reviewed journal Advances in Health and Behavior (since 2019).
In 2016 he was appointed by the European Commission to represent Italian Consumer Associations in the European Consumer Consultative Group, and in 2017 he was appointed as Secretary General at European Consumer Union-ECU.
Before joining Cittadinanzattiva-ACN in 2001, he worked in the credit sector for a multinational corporation.
Mariano Votta holds a MSc in Political Science and two post-graduate courses in European Public Relations and in Corporate Social Responsibility.
He has also volunteered in the post communist Albania. He has been for more than ten years a Boy Scout where he became assistant leader of the youngest groups (7-12 years old).
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