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The Author

A seasoned non-profit manager and adept public relations expert, Livia Malcangio brings over two decades of dedicated service to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
She maintains a Master’s degree in international relations and protection of human rights, she is a registered journalist and a human rights activist, who believes in the power of international interactive platforms to educate and inspire young people, such as the stage provided by the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. To strengthen her belief, she has written the educational book ‘Being Nobel’, distributed at each Summit to all students and at schools worldwide, thus contributing to peace education, literature, journalism, and leadership.

As the KidsRights Foundation’s executive director in Italy for seven years, she has lobbied tirelessly for children’s rights. She has worked at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the Under Secretary-General for Economic Affairs and as a professional interpreter, she has translated for a number of world leaders during G8 Summits, the World Social Forum, and in humanitarian missions. Ms. Malcangio has also worked for the Italian Government, managing European funds for international training programs. Ms. Malcangio lives in Rome and speaks five languages, including French, English, German, Spanish, and Italian.


"History is all too often taught as a story in which the pursuit of war and power is emphasized. The lives of most of the Nobel Peace Prize Winners illuminate another historical perspective - the non-violent pursuit of peace. This book seeks to tell their inspiring stories, a needed dimension to how history is taught." - Livia Malcangio

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"Book Being Nobel represents an invaluable educational tool for our students from 14 to 90 years old, and serves as a Nobelpedia for those pursuing studies in international affairs and human rights, both at high schools and universities connected to the Leading by Example programme." - Ekaterina Zagladina, President of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates 

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The indigenous people never had, and still do not have, the place that they should have occupied in the progress and benefits of science and technology, although they represented an important basis for this development."

- Rigoberta Menchu, Nobel Peace Laureate 1992

"This is a book of inspiration, courage, love, compassion, resilience and all the human qualities which every Nobel Laureate has in different way."

Kailash SatyarthiNobel Peace Laureate 2014


"This book, Being Nobel by Livia Malcangio, enables readers to learn more about recent Nobel Laureates, most of them still living, and each of whom has the potential to make some positive contributions to society. Each of their stories vividly shows how an individual can make a difference. Positive change in the world occurs because of the combined efforts of individuals and it is something in which we can all take part." 

- His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate 1989

"I believe in the power of writing, I believe in the power of telling stories because I think it is through these stories picturing these people, that young people get inspired. So I honestly think that Being Nobel is a really great book."

- Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate 2011


"I am thrilled that this book is published in Colombia, thanks to the energy and devotion of its author Livia Malcangio, who gathered the experiences, words, and stories that help explain the efforts led by the various laureates. This is a book that not only inspires, but also teaches. It serves as a beacon to new generations, reaffirming the principle that change is possible as long as there are good men and women committed to achieving it. It is only by learning from each other and working together that we can turn humankind into a family that can live in peace."

- Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Laureate 2016

Author Livia Malcangio has been invited for lectures at several institutes such as the Italian Institute for International Political Studies ISPI, LUISS University, John Cabot University, Uninettuno University, Universidad Cesar Vallejo, Marymount schools in Paris, Rome, and London, La Sapienza University, among others.

As a journalist, she is invited to moderate panels at conferences of international reputation.

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