Francesca has wide experience as an editor-in-chief working on the following projects and publications:

Water Scarcity, Security and Democracy: a Mediterranean Mosaic


April 2013 – October 2014

This edited volume, which was jointly published by the Cornell University Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and GWP-Med, is the outcome of two conferences that were held at Cornell Law School and the Athens Cultural Centre in 2011 and 2013. With contributions from across the Mediterranean region, it presents a combination of scientific, technical, historical and cultural perspectives on water management in this arid region.

Francesca was the co-editor of this book. In addition to contributing to the book’s basic editorial concept, she was in charge of all aspects of editorial management from text editing and picture research, to the coordination of graphic design and approval of final proofs.

The Inventory of Shared Water Resources in Western Asia


May 2012 – February 2013

The Inventory of Shared Water Resources in Western Asia was a joint project of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR).

As editor-in-chief, Francesca edited and proofed the 27 chapters of the 600-page Inventory according to UN editorial guidelines, as well as the publication’s front matter (overviews, introduction, key findings and methodologies). In addition, she worked closely with the project team to develop the design concept for the Inventory and create content for the project website. 

For more information on the project and chapter downloads, go to

Revolve Water

November 2010 – February 2013
During her time at the Brussels-based magazine Revolve, Francesca helped create Revolve Water, an interdisciplinary platform that aimed to highlight the growing water crisis in the Mediterranean region for a broad audience. With contributions from regional water experts, decision makers and young professionals, the platform encouraged greater interdisciplinary dialogue on water issues in the region.

The platform built strategic partnerships with the Union for the Mediterranean, UNEP-MAP/Plan Bleu, EMWIS-SEMIDE, Arab Water Council and the Anna Lindh Foundation to solidify its activities.

In 2012, Francesca won a WASH Media Award at Stockholm World Water Week for Water Around the Mediterranean, a 96-page report on various aspects of water and scarcity management in the Mediterranean region.

The jury said the report was “a well written and researched piece articulating water issues throughout the Mediterranean. It is powerful, thorough and demonstrates an exceptional level of investigative ability.”

Syria Today

May 2007 – November 2010

Francesca worked successively as managing editor, editor-in-chief and editorial consultant at Syria’s leading English-language magazine in Damascus. With a staff of Syrian, Palestinian and foreign journalists, Syria Today aimed to provide objective, accurate and comprehensive coverage of politics, business, social and cultural news in Syria.

During her time at the magazine and in addition to managing the newsroom and overseeing the magazine’s monthly production cycle, Francesca implemented the redesign of the magazine’s content and layout in 2007; doubled the page count to 70+ pages between 2007 and 2009; and oversaw the structural and graphic redesign of the magazine’s website in 2008.

Francesca also provided ongoing on-the-job journalism training to Syrian and Palestinian journalists and in 2010 developed the Syria Today Training Programme.

Managing Water for Sustainable Development, Modernisation of the Syrian Water Sector

September 2009 – May 2010
Francesca worked as an editorial consultant for the German Organisation for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in Damascus where she produced a bilingual English-Arabic booklet on GTZ’s work in the Syrian water sector. Working with a team of 10, she oversaw the drafting and translation of texts, photography, design and printing.

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