Born in Venice in 1970, I hold a PhD in Environmental Science at the Ca' Foscari University in Venice, with a research on sustainable urban development (urban metabolism) and on the environmental impact of hallmark events (i.e. Sydney 2000 Olympic Games).
Between 1999 and 2004, I worked as a researcher on sustainable urban development and regional sciences at the Venice branch of the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (www.feem.it).
During the following six years (2004-10), I served in China as project supervisor and sustainability expert at the Sino-Italian Cooperation Programme (SICP) for Environmental Protection (www.sinoitaenvironment.org), jointly promoted by the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea and the Chinese Ministry for Environmental Protection. At SICP, I was responsible for the following cooperation areas: sustainable urban development and low-carbon cities, energy policies & studies, higher institutional education, and relations with universities and think-tanks.
In 2010 and 2011, in Beijing, in my capacity as European Co-Director, I started-up and operated the Europe-China Clean Energy Centre - EC2 (www.ec2.org.cn), a cooperation centre for technology transfer, policy assistance, institutional training and dissemination on clean energy, jointly promoted by the European Commission and the National Energy Administration of China. EC2 was a 5-year long EuropeAid-funded project started in year 2010 and managed by an international consortium led by the Politecnico di Torino.
From October 2011 to April 2015 I started-up, then designed and directed the activities of the Enel Foundation (www.enelfoundation.org), a non-for-profit entity entirely funded by the Enel Group and devoted to research, institutional capacity building and dissemination in the fields of energy, socioeconomics, sustainable development (specifically including low-carbon cities) and innovation, carrying out over 70 projects in 4 continents.
Since October 2013, I am a member of the World Energy Council's Studies Committee (www.worldenergy.org).
Since June 2015 I am responsible for Strategic Development and International Cooperation at Venice International University (www.univiu.org), a global association of 15 universities based in Venice (I), devoted to education and research on global issues, such as sustainable development, globalization of economy, innovation, ageing, heritage conservation, urban development, and low-carbon economy.