our Founder and President
Art 4 Humanity was founded in 2020 by Federica Donato when - through the impact of the global pandemic – she chose to uphold her beliefs and use her professional skills to do her part in building a more inclusive and just world through the arts.
As a visual artist, educator, and activist, Federica is best known internationally for her commitment to promoting social causes, championing human rights, and advocating for interculturalism.
Federica believes that art is the most potent form of activism as it facilitates mutual understanding across borders, cultural and ethnic identities. Art is the one common language we all speak that can break barriers, trigger actions, create togetherness and allow higher levels of thinking. To this end, Federica wants to invest in the arts and education to develop educational systems that encourage youth worldwide to become thoughtful change agents.
Federica has been recently appointed as Duke University Visiting Scholar for Media & Democracy. She is currently working on a manuscript for an upcoming book - Kim En Joong and Mark Rothko, a universal language - analyzing Western and Eastern art's aesthetic and moral aspects that can enhance the dialogue among diverse cultures. For Federica, this type of dialogue is essential to creating a universal ethic.
Born and raised in Italy, in 2001 she earned a Master's degree in Strategic Communication at LUMSA University in Rome, and in 2013 she received a Bachelor's degree in History of Contemporary Art at La Sapienza University, Rome.
Federica lived for almost twenty years in Brussels, Belgium, and served as a communication advisor at the European Parliament and the European Commission. In Brussels, she also completed her training in Fine Art. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Miami, Florida.
Founder and President
Lucia Wegner enlightens our cause as Community Engagement Coordinator with her expertise, creativity and activism. Lucia is a Development Economist specializing in women empowerment, financial inclusion for women and youth, and skills development to promote youth and women entrepreneurship. She is currently VP of Global Development North America or the international Non-Governmental Organization Terre Des Hommes Italy in USA, which focuses on children protection, education, and gender-based violence prevention and response. She holds 20 years of experience working in African economies. She has worked for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunis, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, Oxfam Novib, and KIT Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands, the Italian Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. In 2019, Lucia moved from Amsterdam to the USA, first to Baltimore and then to Miami where he continues to follow her passion for supporting women's empowerment and children's education and protection.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Mattia Bidoli has excellent camera skills, humanitarian matters knowledge, and the ability to work under challenging circumstances. Mattia has operated with several international organizations for twenty years, including the United Nations, Cimic, Aiutiamoli a Vivere foundation, Doctors Without Borders, VIP Italia, City Angels, QRT, Stand for me Lesvos, the White Helmets, LandsAid, ELA, MVI. He worked on the ground for over forty missions in Syria, Palestine, Ukraine, Kosovo, Lebanon, Belarus, Kenya, Tanzania, Iraq, and several refugee camps in Greece. Over the years, Mattia has specialized in documentary photography to report about the national and international humanitarian projects he was carrying out in those critical areas. Since October 2020, Mattia has directed the Photography School established nearby the refugee camp of Diavata in Greece. The School is a unique educational project with a dramatically transformative effect. The School has trained over 50 young girls who have joined Greece through a dramatic journey fleeing conflicts from their origin countries, mainly Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran. Their laudable work has received critical acclaim, including the 2021 Global Peace Photo Award, and was featured by major international media like CNN, La Repubblica, and the New York Post. Mattia is the winner of the Magic World Championship 2015. For over 15 years, he has brought therapeutic impact by performing magic in hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, prisons, and conflict areas.
Photography School Director
Board of Directors
David Hoffman is the Steed Family Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He also is Associate General Counsel and Global Privacy Officer for Intel Corporation. Hoffman currently chairs the Civil Liberties and Privacy Panel for the Director's Advisory Board for the US National Security Agency. He also chairs the board of the Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law, and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Future of Privacy Forum and the Israel Tech Policy Institute. Hoffman also founded and chairs the board for the Triangle Privacy Research Hub, which highlights and fosters cybersecurity and privacy academic research. David previously served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance. He has also served on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Online Access and Security Committee, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Cyber Security Commission, the Steering Committee for BBBOnline, the TRUSTe Board of Directors and the Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is the author of many papers and articles on cybersecurity and privacy and has testified to Congress on these topics.
Piero Bonadeo has over 15 years of experience in international organizations. In 2014, Piero became a representative for the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), located in Rio de Janeiro. Previously, he worked at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in New York, acting as a facilitator in various negotiations of corruption, terrorism, drug policy, and international organized crime. Between 2004 and 2010, he worked as a representative and head of the UNODC in Brussels. Piero also had the opportunity to work as cabinet chief in a section of the European Parliament dealing with legislative issues related to public health, consumer protection, transparency in public institutions, the budget of the European Union, among others. Piero is an active Board member of various not- for-profit organizations focused on entrepreneurship and social impact in Latin America, Brazil and in the United States, including The Biennial of Art, Denver, Colorado. He works for AT&T coordinating global regulatory issues and is based in Washington DC.
Billy Linville is a co-founder and managing partner at Lexicon Strategies, focusing his practice on providing strategic communication, public affairs, media relations, campaign management, business development and political consulting for clients across the country. Billy has worked with clients such as Delta Air Lines, Integral, CIM, Atlanta Braves, Tesla Motors, Atlanta Hawks, American Bar Association, Dentons, American Cancer Society and Atlanta Public Schools.
From 2006 to 2013, Billy was the Eastern Region and Global VP of Public Affairs for AT&T. Billy began his career as a legislative aide and campaign manager for U.S. Congressman Phil Sharp (IN).
For more than ten years, he served as campaign manager, communication director and political consultant for clients including Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (LA), U.S. Senator Zell Miller (GA) and others.
Billy sits on the Board of the Otis Bowen Institute of Political Participation at Ball State University.