Lara is Research Associate and Coordinator at the Business and Human Rights Catalyst - Alliance Manchester Business School.
She received her Ph.D. in Management, Competitiveness and Development from Sant'Anna University in Pisa (Italy).
She has well established industrial experience with public and private actors about non-financial accounting, stakeholder engagement, social and labour standards, and managing and valuing diversity.
She has a wide knowledge of the United Nations system, where she collaborated to the 66th General Assembly in NYC, then became a research associate at the UN Global Compact Italian Network.
After the endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011, she started to look at the role of the private sector in proactively mitigating and preventing adverse impacts on fundamental rights. She is particularly interested in understanding the governance gaps created by globalisation on human rights.