JA Europe has appointed Salvatore Nigro as Chief Executive Officer. He will take up his role on 1 February 2020. Salvatore Nigro joins JA Europe after having spent the past twelve years at Education for Employment (EFE). As CEO of EFE-Europe and Vice-President of EFE-Global, Salvatore led EFE's business development, partnership and programme management in Europe to support operations in the Middle East and North Africa. He previously was Director of the International Partnerships and Advocacy Department of the Glocal Forum and worked at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"We are delighted to welcome Salvatore on board. His experience in multi-stakeholder partnerships, workforce development and entrepreneurship programmes are critical assets for the next stages of JA Europe's development", said Adam Warby, Chair of the JA Europe Board. "After a record high of 4.2 million young Europeans reached during the last school year, JA Europe is well positioned to keep growing, through the use of digital and the establishment of strategic partnerships. Salvatore is an experienced CEO and I believe he has the capability and talent to lead JA Europe to new heights. He is joining a large, diverse network of 41 top performing JA chapters and will be surrounded by an energetic and highly dedicated team. I look forward to working with Salvatore in my new role as COO of JA Worldwide", said Caroline Jenner, outgoing CEO of JA Europe.
Salvatore's personal story resonated with Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide. "As a member of the JA Worldwide senior leadership team, Salvatore will use his passion for youth employability, his unique voice, and his relevant experience to magnify our impact in Europe and throughout the world."
Commenting on his appointment, Salvatore said, "I am thrilled to join Europe's largest provider of entrepreneurship education programmes. After many years dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa and then the Middle East and North Africa, I am honoured to have the opportunity to focus my efforts on Europe. I am looking forward to working with JA Europe's member nations and staff and live my passion: creating opportunities for the next generation."
Of Italian origin, Salvatore holds an MBA from the University of Malta, an MA in International Strategic and Military Studies, and a MA in International Political Science from LUISS University.