Rita Ricobelli Corradi

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Sr. Advisor, Partnerships and Research

Rita Ricobelli Corradi has spearheaded an academic initiative to best utilize sports as a tool for promoting social and sustainable development on behalf of the Earth Institute’s Center for Sustainable Development and Columbia’s Global Centers. In 2009, she led a Columbia team to produce part of the United States Bid to Host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, focused on social development through soccer (endorsed by Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs). She is currently a Partnerships and Research Affiliate at CRED.

Rita joined the Earth Institute in 2007 and served as Director of International Operations at the Earth Institute’s Office of Academic and Research Programs.  She was also the Deputy Director for the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (now the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability). She also was an International Consultant for the Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness at the Columbia Business School. Rita’s 20+ year career extends to the public, private and non-profit sectors, both within the U.S. and internationally. Her work experience includes Argentina’s government on foreign trade, a sports marketing-media platform (owned by Hicks, Muse), and a New York-based educational non-profit organization. Through multi-sector professional experience and volunteer work, Rita has been an avid advocate and catalyst for social and sustainable development through sports for over ten years.

Ricobelli was born in Córdoba, Argentina. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa and her Master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  She has been Team Manager and Trustee at the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League for over 15 years and is a lifelong athlete.