ADVISOR, TGCF'S CHILDREN'S RESOURCE EXCHANGE CENTER (CREC)
Lara Martini is currently Regional Field Enablement Director for Microsoft in Europe, Middle East and Africa. As such, she leads the team in charge of internal and partner capacity building, supporting the evolution of Microsoft’s culture through both technical and business skills.
In her almost 20 years at Microsoft, Lara worked for several years in Latin America, recently leading technical partner enablement and channel recruitment for the Business Solutions and Productivity business units. Past roles included leading Microsoft’s commercial and competitive strategy for Latin America, Business Unit management in the LATAM region and in Brazil, global marketing, and marketing and program management responsibilities in Middle East and Africa, France and Italy.
Originally Italian, Lara completed her master degrees in Communication Sciences at Universitá La Sapienza in Rome, and holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina, as well as a specialization in International Relations from CEDS in Paris. She has extensive public speaking, coaching and teaching experience, in front of very diverse audiences for size, age and cultural background.
Lara’s passions are human development, cross-cultural communications and enabling young people. Among others, she has been active volunteering internationally, including in Europe, Kenya and Afghanistan; she is also a mentor and project judge for NTFE (Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship), a mentor in the Global Giveback Circle and an advisor to several startup projects. Lara believes in the potential of technology to help enable and connect people, and immediately related to the mission of The Grace Children’s Foundation (TGCF) and saw the opportunity the Children’s Resource Exchange Center (CREC) platform to impact children’s lives in a personal way, at scale. Her personal connections with the Middle East and Africa also make the project special to her.