Rola Khoury

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

About Rola

Rola Khoury is the heart and vision behind the Cloudburst Foundation which she created in 2015 to tackle the global, transdisciplinary challenges of climate change. Leveraging her interdisciplinary and multicultural background, she manages Cloudburst Foundation’s strategic partnerships and vision towards a better future.


Rola has a background in international law, business, and philanthropy that includes an impressive record of cross-sectoral partnership building. She believes profoundly in transforming global development and fostering partnership-based philanthropy and initiative building. She holds degrees in International Law and has organized major publicity and fundraising events that respond to humanitarian needs over the years. Rola has been notably instrumental in her ability to connect celebrities and world leaders with social and environmental issues, helping facilitate partnerships that go on to last decades. She has remarkable experience and expertise in event and production organization which she now brings to Cloudburst Foundation.

Rola worked with leading businesses and governments around the world including Jade Magazine, which she founded, the Australian Embassy and Trade Commission’s Office in Italy. She contributed to the book, Rediscover Your Heart: 7 Keys for Personal and Planetary Transformation by Dutch philanthropist, Fred Matser. Rola is fluent in English, Italian, Arabic, French, and Hebrew. She was born in Haifa, Israel and now lives on Lake Como in Lecco, Italy with her husband, Antonio Bartesaghi, OMET srl. CEO and President of Cloudburst. They are the parents of 3-year-old twins, Max and Christian, two of the greatest inspirations for Rola’s mission to make a lasting difference for future generations.