CONSULTING EXPERIENCES

2016 Part of a consortium (Partners for Innovation, Ecosoluzioni, REEEP & PPL International) for the implementation of the Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)  Finance Catalyst: an EC-GIZ funded facility, under the EU Energy Initiative, offering technical support to private sector developers in reaching bankable investment projects and for matching to sector financers and investors. The focus is on meso-scale investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Services include: participating in coordination, procurement of one of the 5 Core Team experts, and of a member of the additional expert team.
2016
Participates to the Core Team for the implementation and management of Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia, a € 20 mln. Result-Based Financing facility for promotion of private sector driven rural energy access investments (Funded by SIDA as contribution to Power Africa). Tasks include assistance in design of the funding mechanism and selection procedures according to public procurement rules, market assessment, origination of proposals, due diligence and M&E of the funded ventures as well as of the Fund performance.
2015
Ex-post evaluation and impact assessment of projects financed by the Renewable Energy Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). In charge of a portfolio of 15 projects on value chains and market ecosystems conditions (7 ex-post evaluations + 8 impact assessments) via desk review and interviews with stakeholders (REEEP, Vienna)
2015
Feasibility study and supply value chain design for a small 40kWe co-generation plant to service the municipal swimming pool of Castiglion del Lago, to be powered with regenerated used cooking oils (TSA SpA, Perugia)
2014-15
Advisory, project development services and investment promotion for MegaCell,  manufacturer of a new generation of  bi-facial solar cells and modules. Strategic advisory and investment promotion for the set up of the 80MW industrial plant in Italy. Assistance in designing the SOLAIC (Solar African Industrial Cluster) initiative, which reached financial closure (USD 42 mln. investment) for setting up a solar cell and module manufacturing line with 120 MW annual capacity in Egypt. Development of business contacts, particularly in the African region (MegaCell Srl, Padova)
2014-2015
Technical assistance and business development support to Treedom, a specialized developer and broker of carbon credits (VERs) from selected small scale agro-forestry projects. Assistance in securing a USD 500,000 grant  plus soft loan from the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund; in developing strategic alliances with agro-forestry projects developers in Sub-Saharan Africa, business partnerships and sales in the US market, in Europe and introduction to selected impact investors for business growth. Engaged strategic clients: ChiantiBanca (a cooperative bank), to design a novel bond (€ 5 mln.) with an interest rate structure linked to supporting Treedom’s project in Haiti.
2014
Since 2012, in consortium with Venture Energy Ltd. , execution of an ACP-EC Energy Facility funded Jathopha Energy System (JES) Project, in Cameroon. Set up of a agro-energy value chain with local pressing and filtering of Jathropha vegetable oil and use for a multifunctional platform gen-set for productive uses (cassava/corn mill, irrigation) and battery charging for village electrification. In charge of technical assistance on strategic advisory, project coordination, EC reporting, procurement, execution of energy component, project evaluation, dissemination.
2014
Since 2010 active member in the Climate Technology Initiative – Private Financing Advisory Network: Business plan coaching and finance advisory to several  sustainable energy enterprises in RSA, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania Ethiopia, Egypt and Malawi, among which BERL venture for a sustainable Jathropha value chain in Malawi was PFAN winner in 2012 (out of 86 ventures). Assisted PFAN’s Global coordinator in the launch of a new initiative for promoting Climate Adaptation Finance: review of PFAN draft Position Paper, chaired a session of the International Exploratory Workshop on Financing Adaptation projects (13-14 June 2012, Nairobi, UNEP), assessment of investment proposals,  member of selection committee, coaching and mentoring of five Climate Adaptation investments (2013-2014), outreach to impact investors. Panel judge for selection of Energy & Environment Partnership (EEP) investment proposals to be included in the PFAN investment project pipeline.
2011-2014
OILECO Value Chains: Fostering Public-Private Partnerships for local bio-business value chains of used cooking oils, a EC funded Project under the Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme. (EC EACI, Brussels)
2012
Review and re-drafting of the IFAD Operational Statements on the thematic areas of Energy, Micro and Small Enterprise & Value Chains Development, and Rural Finance (IFAD, Rome)
2012
Evaluation of project proposals under the call FP7 Environment 2012 (EC, FP7, Brussels)
2012
Evaluation of proposals of Central EU Programme 4° call – in charge of 11 evaluations of proposals on sustainable energy, environmental policy, land use planning, and ecosystems management (Central EU JTS, Vienna)
2012
Evaluation of project proposals on sustainable production and consumption ventures under the Asia-Switch Programme Call 2012 (AETS, France)
2012
Evaluation of proposals submitted under the REEEP (Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership) 9th Call. In charge of the portfolio of proposals of the Latin American Region and the portfolio on Energy for Food production (REEEP, Vienna)
2011-12
Technical review of Large Grant Design Documents for 6 sustainable agriculture and rural development projects, and for 2 IFAD-GEF agricultural project proposals. Technical review of IFAD Loans under negotiation with specific reference to their contribution to sustainable agriculture and natural resources management: Lesotho SADP (Smallholder Agriculture Development Program) IFAD-WB joint $20 mln. loan; Malawi SAPP (Sustainable Agriculture Production Programme) IFAD $35 mln. Loan; Zambia S3P (Smallholder Productivity Promotion Programme) IFAD $ 28.5 mln. Loan; Nigeria Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) IFAD $74 mln.. Member of an panel of  external sustainable agriculture experts to the Environment and Climate Division for the review of the draft IFAD Environment and Natural Resources Management Strategy (2011-2015) (IFAD, Roma)
2010
Assessment of project proposals for the EC Central Europe Programme – Priority/Theme environment, renewable energy and energy efficiency (Central Europe JTS, Vienna)
2010
Procurement of an evaluation team (6 experts) for the assessment of ACP EC Energy Facility II proposals(Agriconsulting Europe SA, Brussels)
2010
Promotion of investments in the solar PV parks (over 50 MW – € 180 mln. pipeline) , developed and constructed by SunParc, targeting selected foreign and Italian private investors and equity funds (Silfab SpA).
2009/ 2010
Evaluation and technical assistance for the project proposal of LIFE + programme of EC DG Environment (AGRECO, Brussels)
2009/ 2010
Assistance in implementation and M&E of the Cornucopia project: Hybrid Finance for Renewable Energy in Small Scale Value Added Agriculture: an initiative for promotion of sustainable agriculture value chains in Brazil. Assistance in the design and promotion of the LaGuardia Foundation’s pilot Energy-MDG Financing Facility: a sustainable finance mechanism conceived as a facility for grants and lending to business ventures combining clean energy and energy efficiency and the Millennium Development Goals (LaGuardia Foundation)
2009
Designed a € 1.6 mln. R&D project and associated company partnership (SMEs and CNR Institute for Ecosystems Sustainability) for an integrated system to reuse air emissions and polluted water to produce micro-algae and other biomass feeding into an innovative multi-fuel biomass gassifier downstream (Submitted to the Tuscany Region CREO 2007-2013 Development Fund)
2004- 2009
LaGuardia Foundation European Office. Representation of foundation, promotion of partnerships, promotion of MOSAICO Initiative for development cooperation in Brazil, China and India, European donor relations, development of joint project proposals with European entities, strategic planning, monitoring & evaluation of field project activities (Fiorello LaGuardia Foundation, New York)
2008
Design and promotion of project OILECO Value Chains, developing public-private partnerships for start up and consolidation of used vegetable oils sustainable energy use – 2008 Sustainable Energy for Europe Campaign
2008
Promotion of venture capital and equity investments in the industrial development of a 5000 tons/y plant for solar grade polysilicon (SILFAB SpA)
2008
Procurement of evaluation team (2 senior experts) for the assessment of project proposals of EC EuropeAid Program on Environment and sustainable management of natural resources including energy (Agriconsulting Europe S.A., Brussels)
2008
Identification and evaluation of parameters of social and environmental costs within the ATAC cost benefit analysis for the new road “circonvallazione interna” (CLES Srl)
2007/ 2008
Project Invest in Tuscany for the promotion of direct investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Tuscany (Agenzia Toscana Promozione SpA)
2007
Evaluation of Intellingent Energy for Europe – Small Scale Energy  project proposals (EC, DG TREN,  Belgium)
2006/ 2007
CDM Expert contribution to the design and execution of the Project CDM Capacity Building for the Private Sector in China (EC, Asia Pro Eco II co-founding)
2006/ 2007
Procurement of evaluation team for the assessment of project proposals of ACP-EC EuropeAid Energy Facility Program (Agriconsulting Europe S.A., Brussels)
2006
Evaluation of Intelligent Energy for Europe – Coopener project proposals (DG TREN, EC Belgium)
2005
Local Agenda 21 in Mugello (Phase 2), coordination, financial analysis and promotion of opportunities for local biomass to energy projects (Mountain Community of Mugello)
2005
Contribution to REN21 – WorldWatch Institute and Tsinghua University project Renewables 2005 Global Status Report – assessment of the employment impacts of renewable energy (WorldWatch Institute, Washington DC, USA)
2005
Evaluation of Intellingent Energy for Europe – Coopener project proposals (DG TREN, EC Belgium)
2005
Evaluation of Research project proposals under FP6 Impact Assessment – Water Directive (DG Research, EC Belgium)
2004
Evaluation of the application of the equal opportunity principle in the enterprises within the Pesaro/Urbino province of Italy, (Pesaro/Urbino Province)
2004
Technical assistance to Blue Moon Fund, US private foundation: assistance in the definition of a strategy for MOSAICO (MObilizing Sustainable Agriculture Infrastructure and Capital) initiative promotion, partner identification in Europe, feasibility study for setting up an European NGO, mission to China and representation at a World Bank/Foundations dialogue workshop in Thailand (Blue Moon Fund, Charlottesville)
2004
Technical assistance for the structuring of an European office for the promotion of MOSAICO Initiative for development cooperation, European donor relations, development of joint project proposals with European entities (Fiorello LaGuardia Foundation, New York)
2003
Local Agenda 21 for Mugello Area (Tuscany, Italy). Coordination of the project team for preparation of State of the Environment Report, setting-up of communication and participation strategy, development of the A21 Local Forum, final report (Mountain Community of Mugello)
2003
Technical assistance for the qualification of 3 rural energy projects for carbon emissions credits through the Clean Development Mechanism via the Italian Ministry of Environment (Fiorello La Guardia Foundation, New York)
2003
Follow up on FAO’s strategic report on Clean Development Mechanism project opportunities: development of guidelines for carbon substitution accounting in Sustainable Agriculture, identification and formulation of two CDM activity draft proposals (Conservation Agriculture and biomass energy projects), presentation to donors (UNFAO, Rome)
2003
Evaluation of research project proposals on Sustainable Energy Systems within the 6th Framework Program (European Union, DG XII)
2003
Technical assistance for the qualification of a technology transfer project for carbon emissions credits through the Clean Development Mechanism via the Italian Ministry of Environment (Helios Technology, Padova)
2003
Survey on quality of life and on quality of labor conditions in Pesaro and Urbino Province (in association with CLES, for Pesaro and Urbino Province)
2002/ 2003
Technical Assistance in the formulation of FAO’s/Major Groups of Civil Society SARD Initiative (a follow up Type II initiative of the WSSD in Johannesburg): consultative design of Initiative, drafting of logical framework, project proposal and budget – (UNFAO, Rome)
2002
Pre-feasibility evaluation of research project proposals within the Non-Nuclear Energy 5th Framework Program (European Union, DG XII)
2002
Preparation of a strategic report on the Clean Development Mechanism: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): Implications For Sustainable Development Projects (UNFAO, Rome)
2002
Participation in the GEF-FAO High Level Expert Workshop on Productive Uses of Renewable Energy: Experience, Strategies and Project Development
2002
Analysis and evaluation of incentives in the tourist and commercial enterprises (Dintec, Rome)
2001
Technical assistance mission to Lanzhou, China for the financial assessment of a Joint Venture solar PV company (Gansu PV Co.) with the drafting of its business development plan (SELCO-Intl., Washington DC)
2001
Formulation and implementation of Local Agenda 21 initiative for Chianti Senese Association of Counties – (Italian Ministry of Environment)
2001
Formulation of a rural solar electrification project Solar PV Multi-Service Centers for Rural Income Generation and Social Welfare – Baoding Yingli Group, China
2001
Evaluation of research project proposals within the Non-Nuclear Energy 4th Framework Program (European Union, DG XII)
2001
Technical assistance as Rural Finance expert in Kosovo for the project Restart of Rural Economy in Kosovo, Farm Inputs Component (European Agency for Reconstruction) – (Confirmec Spa, Milan)
2000/ 2001
Realization and coordination of a technology transfer project for a solar PV module assembly plant in Baoding, China (Helios Technology Srl., Padova)
2000/ 2001
Missions for the development of photovoitaic markets in Sri Lanka, Maldives, and China (Helios Technology Srl, Padova)
2000
Preparation of the study Solar Photovoltaics for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (UNFAO, Rome)
2000
Mission to Washington DC for the Village Power Conference 2000 (World Bank Dec. 4-8) on renewable energy for rural electrification and rural development (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DGCS, Rome)