Luciano Calestini was born in Sydney, Australia and spent his childhood equally between Australia, Italy and New Zealand.
In the late 1990s, he accepted a short-term mission to southern Sudan to join the famine response. Since that initial mission, Luciano has worked continuously in humanitarian service, being subsequently posted to East Timor, Kosovo, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Haiti and Libya. For most of this period Luciano served with UNICEF.
Luciano is currently the Deputy Representative for UNICEF Lebanon, and has been based in Beirut since January 2013.
Luciano graduated in International Relations from the University of Sydney and has a Masters of International Development from RMIT University in Melbourne.