Mariana Muzzi

Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
2, Avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

Mariana has recently joined the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning as a Research Specialist. Her work will contribute to the University of Luxembourg's role as contractor of the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) which provides independent, evidence-based advice to EU and national decision makers, in topics of discrimination, access to justice, racism & xenophobia, data protection, victims’ rights, and children's rights. Mariana will contribute, amongst others, to examining how the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union is being used by Luxembourg decision makers, academia, civil society and legal practitioners in designing policies and laws, to assist FRA in strengthening its support to member states.

Mariana graduated Political Science and International Relations from the Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil (1996), and holds a masters degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium (2001) and a masters degree in Management at Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy (2019).

Over the last 20 years she has been a human rights practitioner holding positions with the European Commission, International Organization for Migration in Brussels, Belgium, and with UNICEF. With UNICEF she worked for 18 years in Peru, Nepal, Mozambique, Ethiopia, India, and headquarters in New York, assuming leadership positions in Peru and Nepal. Mariana is a national of Finland and Luxembourg.

Research Interests

  • Fundamental rights
  • Human rights
  • Discrimination
  • Access to justice
  • Racism & xenophobia
  • Data protection
  • Victims’ rights
  • Children's rights

Last updated on: Donnerstag, den 17. März 2022


  • Executive Masters in Management of International Organizations (EMMIO), Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy, 2018-2019
  • Masters in European Political and Administrative Studies, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, 2000-2001
  • International Diploma in HumanRights and Public Health, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Facultad de Salud Pública y Administración, Lima, Peru, 2004-2005
  • BA in PoliticalScience, Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil, 1996-2000
  • BA in InternationalRelations Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil, 1996-2000

Professional Experience

  • Deputy Representative UNICEF Peru, Lima, Peru, November 2019 - April 2021
  • Chief Child Protection, UNICEF Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, February 2017 - October 2019
  • Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 2015 - April 2016
  • Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique, July 2010 - June 2015
  • Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Life Line Haiti, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, February 2010 - May 2010
  • Advocacy Consultant, UNICEF India, New Delhi, India, February 2009 - February 2010
  • Child Protection Officer, UNICEF Headquarters, New York, USA, May 2006 - December 2008
  • Child Protection Officer, UNICEF Peru, Lima, Peru, August 2003 - May 2006
  • Project Officer, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Brussels, Belgium, March 2002 - September 2002
  • Trainee European Commission. Europe Aid Co-operation Office, Human Rights Unit, Brussels, Belgium, October 2001 - March 2002




Last updated on: 13 Sep 2021