Paola is a native of Italy, naturalized USA. She holds a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York, obtained through a Fulbright Scholarship. Paola worked for UNICEF and for the Department of Public Information at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC. In 2009 she founded the Academy of Gagliato of the NanoSciences which organizes annual international science and community events and runs a junior academy (see nanogagliato.org and nanovalbruna.com). Paola has been active with women organizations, including EQUALS.com to end the digital gender divide, and promoter of the Equality Moonshot, a global initiative to build a pipeline of women in STEM to create growth and balance economic disparity.