Senior Director, Public Policy, Google Arts & Culture
Giorgia Abeltino is senior director of public policy at Google Arts & Culture and senior director of public policy and government relations for South Europe.
Google Arts & Culture develops projects in partnership with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online.
Born and raised in Naples, she graduated with a degree in law from the University of Naples Federico II before earning an LLM in European studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She started her career in Brussels, focusing on antitrust issues, first at a law firm and then at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition. She then moved to Rome, where she spent four years in Sky Italia’s regulatory affairs department and subsequently moved to New York City to work at News Corp, focusing on regulatory and public affairs issues.
Ms. Abeltino joined Google in 2010. She is in charge of public policy for Italy, France, Greece and Malta and has also led global public policy for Google Arts & Culture since September 2015.
She is deeply interested in the interplay between society, culture and technology. She is a member of the Permanent Committee of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, focusing on women, and a board member of Italian think tank ISPI, the Institute for International Political Studies, focusing on geopolitical issues. She is also a member of the task force created by Elena Bonetti, Italy’s minister for family and equal opportunities, to develop ideas and proposals for women.