Simona Arena joined Crisis Group in April 2013. She oversees the operations of the accounting department, including the preparation of management reports, maintaining accounting policies and procedures and monitoring internal controls. Simona supervises the Brussels-based accounting staff and liaises with colleagues in the field and advocacy offices, assisting on a range of financial and administrative issues.
Simona holds a MSc in Business Administration and Management from Bocconi University in Milan and a certificate in Business Management from the Institute of Management Altran in Paris. She has developed her financial management experience in the profit sector, working as management consultant then business unit manager for consulting firms, and in the non-profit sector, managing a complex portfolio of programmes and grants for two leading organisations in US and the UK.