BIO

Rome-based journalist covering innovation, sustainability and urban issues.

Simone d’Antonio holds a degree in International Relations and an advanced degree in European Studies both at L’Orientale University in Naples (Italy). He works at the Italian Association of Cities and Municipalities (ANCI) in Rome as communication officer and public journalist. Actually, he is in charge of the activities of the National Dissemination Point for Italy of the URBACT Programme, as well as responsible of the communication activities of the Co-City project in Turin, funded by the EU Programme Urban Innovative Actions.

He is a contributor of Citylab-The Atlantic, The Guardian, Citiscope, the Italian editions of The Huffington Post and Wired, Il Sole 24 Ore, Il Manifesto, The Good Life and other magazines related to urban affairs in Italy and in Europe.

From 2006 to 2010 he worked as head of the press office and coordinator of the Working Committee on Environment and Energy of the European Foundation of Cities Anci Ideali, based in Brussels. From 2010 to 2015 Simone took care of the communication activities of the Research Foundation of the Italian Association of Cities Cittalia-ANCI, where he coordinated the communication activities on a wide range of projects and topics on urban sustainability and inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers. 

Expert of urban topics, he wrote “Buone prassi, buone notizie”, (Rubbettino Editore), review of European good urban practices and contributes to the work of research and urban storytelling promoted by the Association of Italian Cities and Municipalities.

Simone is one of the main organizers of the Urban Journalism Academy Programme, launched by UN-Habitat to promote urban journalism. In the year of Habitat III he took part as speaker and moderator to academies and trainings in South Africa, UAE, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Spain, Romania and Ecuador.

Speaker and trainer on communication and urban sustainability, he took part to more than 150 meetings and conferences in Europe, America and Asia, as well as to the EU-China Young Leaders Summit in 2011.

He loves European and Asian movies, street photography and travelling in Asia and South America.