Lia Quartapelle is a member of the Italian Democratic Party.
She was born and raised in Milan, when she was 17 she moved to Wales on a scholarship and finished her studies at the United World College of the Atlantic.
She studied a masters at SOAS in Economics in London and in 2012 a doctorate in Developmental Economics from the University if Pavia and worked for the CIVICUM foundation in the field of transparency within public administration.
In 2007 she moved to Mozambique where she worked with the government as an economist as a political analysis, aiding development. In 2009 she was elected a member of parliament.
She currently works at the ISPI for political studies in Milan.