Introduction

Dr Alessandro Ceccarelli (he/him) is Head of LGBTQ+ Policy for the Welsh Government, leading on the development and implementation of the LGBTQ+ Action Plan for Wales and contributing to the HIV Action Plan for Wales. He has extensive research and policy experience in equality and human rights, building on his previous career in academia.

For 14 years, he has been a vocal advocate, particularly for LGBTQ+ rights and ending new HIV transmissions, in Italy, Spain, India, England, and Wales. He is a member of the Fast Track Cardiff & Vale Steering Committee – an initiative to end new HIV transmissions by 2030 in Wales.

He previously worked as a Senior Associate for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC Wales), was Chair of Trustees for the Graduate Union in Cambridge and a member of the Cambridge University Council.

He was a PhD, Research Associate, and an Affiliated Scholar at the University of Cambridge and previously worked as a Senior Associate (SEO) Research Manager for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). He is also a member of Fast Track Cardiff & Vale Steering Committee and its Communications Lead – an initiative to end new HIV transmissions and stigma by 2030. He’s social media and Wales representative for Queer Britain; and he is Content Author for International Gay Rugby (IGR). 

Alessandro completed a PhD and a post-doc both at the University of Cambridge. His research in South Asia aimed to rediscover ancient technologies, teaching and learning behaviours, and mechanisms of resilience in the face of urban ‘collapse’ and climate change in the third millennium BC. His research is part of the TwoRains project funded by the ERC European Research Council. He was also supported by the Nehru Trust, V&A Museum, London, and by the Fitch Awards, British School at Athens, Greece.

His dissertation was a study of community identities and networks, the transmission of skills and knowledge in the Bronze Age and modern societies. It included (a) the use of multi-site materials for regional studies and clarifications of ancient landscapes; (b) identification of production sites or provenance of materials; (c) interdisciplinary cooperation between experts, e.g. archaeologists and geologists; and (d) the integration of combined archaeometric techniques, such as petrography and geochemistry, along with experimental archaeology and archaeological ethnography.

He was President of the University of Cambridge Graduate Union (GU 2019/20), Chair of the GU Board of Trustees, and a Trustee of the Cambridge University Council. His main concerns are minorities, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, postgraduate access to education and research, as well as climate change conversations within academia. He is an openly gay man, the previous LGBTQ+ officer at Cambridge University, and he actively promotes and advocates gender and sexual diversity and equality in Cambridge. A list of works done with LGBT+ communities in the UK over the past few years is available here.

He was part of the ARC Archaeology Review of Cambridge editorial committee, an archaeology journal, and he ran the Asian Archaeology seminar group at the University of Cambridge. He was a visiting researcher at British School at Athens, Greece in 2018, and Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India in 2017-18. He holds an MA in Archaeology (University of London, SOAS), BA in Archaeological Sciences at University ‘Sapienza’ of Rome, Italy, including an Erasmus Scholarship at UAM, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain.

Besides his career as policy specialist and researcher, he is an accredited member of archaeological bodies, i.e. CIfA, and worked at European and British museums, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum (Assistant Lecturer, Learning Centre), British Museum (Consultant, South Asian Department) and National Museum of Oriental Art “Tucci”, Rome (Department of Education).

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