A new interview to get to know more people working for META. This time we talk with Rosellina Di Santo who is currently part of the management team of Horizon Result Booster, one of the crucial initiatives of DG Research and Innovation (European Commission), leaded by META Group.
Rosellina Di Santo joined META Group’s Brussels office in 2021, after more than 12 years in Belgium working for both intergovernmental and industry-based organizations. During these years, she managed projects of different nature at EU level. Rosellina graduated from the University of Turin in Strategic Science. After different study and working experiences in Rome, Prague, and Washington Dc, she specialized in Strategy Execution at the Harvard Business School online programme.
Passionate about the noble art, in her free time she enjoys long walks in the forests but also swimming, painting and, in special occasions, going to the Opera. In the office her fondness for chocolates is not a mystery to her colleagues.
Horizons Results Booster: structured mindsets and interdisciplinary approaches
What is your role at META and what is your typical day?
I am part of the Management Team of Horizons Results Booster which is a very large initiative. My typical day includes a lot of contacts with possible beneficiaries, experts, partners, colleagues, and, of course, the European Commission. Interactions with others is important in what I do and being able to work in a very multicultural environment – not only related to the different nationalities but also to the very different education backgrounds – is an essential part of my role. It is also one aspect that I enjoy a lot.
What is it like working on Horizon Results Booster? What does it involve?
Working on Horizons Results Booster requires a lot of structured mindsets, management of complexities, interdisciplinary approaches. Holding a solid experience in managing interactions at EU level is key as well. Different requests, approaches and point of views should always converge in a consistent scope and shared objective. In my daily work, problem solving is as crucial as building effective cooperation. This could reflect also the ultimate aim of the support provided through the HRB initiative.
What do you like the most about your job?
During my career path at European level, I have been focussed on the importance of strategic thinking and strategy implementation in different contexts. Beyond the interactions with different entities, the aspect I like the most in my job is contributing to provide support to beneficiaries facing different challenges. Beneficiaries most of the time are highly relieved and pleased to know they can avail of different services.
Sustainability: one of the main focuses for all sectors
What are some of the trends you see in the sector you work in?
First of all, sustainability is one of the main focus for all sectors. Indeed, sustainable development is an integral part of the EU internal and external policies and does not only relate to a vision for the future but also -and more importantly – to tangible goals.
One of the surprising elements is the fact that clear objectives could be achieve only through an effective strategy, and setting up an effective strategy could often result to be an enigma to solve. Creating value should be one of the most important elements of a strategy, and going through the complex process of value creation, which relies on a structured plan and entails customers satisfaction as much as employees’ satisfaction, is becoming more and more crucial for sustainable development.
In this process it is important of course to look at financials (which are indeed the aspects where the strategy will be reflected in its efficacity), but also at the environmental and social aspects which are now considered part of multidimensional values, achievable through innovative perspectives.
If you had to share with us a nice META memory what would that be?
I remember always with pleasure the three days I spent in Umbria meeting the Italian team and of course enjoying the high-quality food of the Umbria region – which is always memorable!.